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NEC Philharmonia + Biss

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Guest conductor and NEC violin faculty Paul Biss leads the NEC Philharmonia in works by Beethoven, Schuller and Tchaikovsky.

Having coined the term "Third Stream" and implementing the genre as a new NEC program during his presidency at NEC, Gunther Schuller explored the regions where the two musical "streams" of classical and jazz meet and mingle. His "Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee," composed in 1959, is one of the most well known works of the genre. Schuller uses seven paintings from the Swiss modernist Klee as inspiration for his piece.

Welcome to NEC at 150! Every generation of musicians remake and change New England Conservatory. Some, like Gunther Schuller, continue to influence our music beyond their lifetimes. Others contribute for decades, pushing the sense of what's possible by their own examples. The entire season is stuffed with chances to see the NEC legacy in exceptional, infectious, passionate action. Don't miss them!


  1. Overture to Egmont, op. 84

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Conductor: Paul Biss

    Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia

  2. Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee

    Composer: Gunther Schuller

    Conductor: Paul Biss

    Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia

  3. Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64

    • Andante - Allegro con anima
    • Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
    • Valse: Allegro moderato
    • Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace

    Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

    Conductor: Paul Biss

    Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia