NEC Contemporary Ensemble

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290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

NEC Contemporary Ensemble, directed by John Heiss, presents several concerts annually at NEC and in Boston.

Repertoire has included works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Ives, Berio, Carter, Ligeti, prominent local composers, NEC faculty, and students. Guest composers who have visited to coach performances of their works have included Boulez, Messiaen, Schuller, Maxwell-Davies, Tippett, Lutoslawski, and Ligeti.

The ensemble has performed under the auspices of the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the International Society for Contemporary Music, and WGBH-FM.

  1. Béla Bartók: Contrasts (1938)

    • Abigail Hong, violin
    • Barret Ham, clarinet
    • Ariel Mo, piano
  2. Kati Agócs: Hyacinth Curl (2015)

    • Emily Siar, soprano and handbells
    • Elaine Daiber, soprano and handbells
  3. Ben Yee-Paulson: Colorful Spirits (2018)

    • Andy Wilds, soprano saxophone
    • Morgan Smallwood, alto saxophone
    • Megan Dillon, tenor saxophone
    • Lucas Barry, baritone saxophone
  4. György Ligeti: Nouvelles Aventures (1963)

    • Efstratios Minakakis, conductor
    • Chelsea Baccay, soprano
    • Wei En Chan, countertenor
    • Tyler Bouque, baritone
    • Xiaoyu Lin, flute
    • Reese Williams, French horn
    • Ryan Jung, piano
    • Matthew Monaco, harpsichord
    • Alex Garde, percussion
    • Robert Bui, cello
    • Matthew Henson, double bass
  5. Igor Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat (1918)

    • Emma Burge, violin
    • Nicholas Leonard, double bass
    • Aleksis Martin, clarinet
    • Ryan Turano, bassoon
    • Mark Macha, trumpet
    • Samuel George, trombone
    • Jack Rutledge, percussion