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EM Performance Projects

The EM Performance Projects engage musicians in all aspects of presenting a concert—artistic and project planning, program curation, production, and marketing. EM Performance Projects occur both on and off-campus, allowing students to connect across departments and in new community venues. In 2016-2017, four student ensembles will work closely with the EM team to plan, produce, and promote concerts of their own design.



Past Performance Projects  

The Musical Mime

Sunday, April 12, 2015 // 12 - 4pm // The Shops at Prudential Center 

An all-star cast of musicians from New England Conservatory set up shop at the Prudential Center with the goal of engaging community members in a new way. By setting up a screen and providing toy instruments, they ecouraged the audience to be a part of the show - by miming the music provided by the team! From trumpet, cello, guitar, piano or flute, locals were able to take the spotlight, with the camera rolling, creating one-of-a-kind music videos!

The Unconservatory - Truth to Power 

Thursday, February 19, 2014 // 8PM // Brown Hall at NEC

This fall, an eclectic team of students banded together to interpret the varied themes of NEC’s Music: Truth to Power festival. The result is a raw performance that explores the process of engaging in difficult conversations to discover one’s truth.  Through a series of musical vignettes, you will have the opportunity to react to the highs and lows of the process—from constructive dialogue, to anxiety and misunderstanding, right on through to collaborative action.  At the Unconservatory, convention is thrown to the wind—Shostakovich shares the stage with free improvisation, Rzewski mingles with original student compositions, and the audience can finally have their say. 


Thursday, February 14, 2013 // 6PM // Museum of Fine Arts

A team of New England Conservatory students banded together to take back Valentine’s Day—replacing greeting cards, stale chocolates, and overpriced roses with new music and a new way to experience the museum’s collection. The concert featured performances inspired by objects from the museum that capture love’s many shades. Highlights included Goya’s EL Amor Y La Muerte with the passionate music of Enrique Granados and Warhol’s chilling Jackie with a new work from one of NEC’s emerging composers. 

Open Source

Thursday, May 17, 2012 // 7PM // Space with a Soul 

‘Open source’ extends beyond computer code and free software--it’s an outlook that drives the way we share and create new information, a movement that relies on the collective wisdom of engaged users to fuel innovative products and ideas. A creative team of NEC students, led by guest artists and contemporary cellist Peter Gregson, spent a semester musically exploring the concept of open source.  The result was an eclectic program of newly-composed and adapted works, including: (OPEN)Source by Peter Dodds, which uses crowd-sourcing data in composition; Silence by Charlie Haden for solo bass and loop station; Unseen by Tara Mueller for Violin, Voice, and electronics; Significant Transits by Vanessa Wheeler for solo tuba and electronics; Solo Duet in Three Movements by Peter Gregson, which uses goPlay, a new responsive performance interface; and H No. 1-7 Redux by  Neal Markowski, performed by The Gradient Us Ensemble, with art film by SMFA student Angela Counts.  

Video: Ehud Ettun (MM, '12) performing "Silence" which was premiered at Open Source. Beit Avi Chai,  Jerusalem, Israel.

Mahler Remixed 

October 27, 2011 // 8:30PM // Brown Hall

What would a concert of Mahler’s music look like today, if he were producing the show? Perhaps it would sound something like Mahler Remixed. This immersive concert was a mash-up of Mahler and the music you would find on the performers’ iTunes most played list. From art songs to Symphony No. 4 for Sitar, Tabla, and Electronics, this student-produced concert broke down boundaries—between tradition and innovation, composed and improvised music, performer and audience.  

Video: Highlights from NEC's 2012 Mahler Unleashed Festival