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NEC Chamber Orchestra

| New England Conservatory: Jordan Hall

NEC's conductorless chamber orchestra performs works by Veress, Mozart, and Stravinsky.

Directed by NEC bass faculty and founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Donald Palma, the NEC Chamber Orchestra consists of a select group of students who work together to perform some of the most beloved works from the chamber orchestra repertoire...and without a conductor!

Sándor Veress was both a student and assistant to Béla Bartók, and much like his teacher had done, Veress took inspiration from styles related to traditional Hungarian dances when he wrote his "Transylvanian Dances" for string orchestra. Igor Stravinsky's "Apollon musagète" was composed as a ballet, centered around the Greek god of music, Apollo, and three of his muses. The concert will also include the performance of a piano concerto, featuring the winner of the Chamber Orchestra's piano concerto competition.

Please also join us for the last Chamber Orchestra concert of the season on April 25, 2018, featuring a collaboration with A Far Cry.

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. Four Transylvanian Dances

    • Lassu
    • Ugrós
    • Lejtos
    • Dobbantós

    Composer: Sándor Veress

    Conductor: Donald Palma

    Ensemble: NEC Chamber Orchestra

  2. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

    • Allegro
    • Adagio
    • Allegro assai

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Conductor: Donald Palma

    Ensemble: NEC Chamber Orchestra

    Artists: Evren Ozel

  3. Apollon musagète

    • Prologue: Birth of Apollo
    • Variation of Apollo
    • Pas d'Action
    • Variation of Calliope
    • Variation of Polyhymnia
    • Variation of Terpsichore
    • Variation of Apollo
    • Pas de deux
    • Coda
    • Apotheosis

    Composer: Igor Stravinsky

    Conductor: Donald Palma

    Ensemble: NEC Chamber Orchestra