NEC Philharmonia + David Loebel: Making Choices

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Anthony Davis is best known for his operas, including X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Amistad, and The Central Park Five, works that boldly face America’s fraught racial history.

Like a character in one of Davis’ operas, the hero of Beethoven’s dramatic Coriolan Overture faces a life-altering conflict between his duty as a military leader and his love for his family.

Completed shortly before Beethoven’s death, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (known as “The Great C Major”) expanded the model of his revered predecessor’s symphonies into harmonically daring, ever-songful music of “heavenly length.”

This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.

Watch livestream from Jordan Hall:

  • NEC Philharmonia
  1. Ludwig van Beethoven | "Coriolan" Overture, op. 62

  2. Anthony Davis | Notes from the Underground (1988)


    In Notes from the Underground...I was interested in creating rhythmic drama, using polyrhythmic structures to articulate expanses of time. The nodes of conjunction of the polyrhythms help create occasions for change as well as dramatic action. This became a compelling musical device in my operas as well as my earlier orchestral works. Rhythmic ostinatos, repeating structures of varying lengths and contrasting tonality have a similar function as leitmotifs in Wagner’s operas. The vamps or ostinatos delineate time and space, providing a subtext in the music that is both conscious and subliminal, embodying forward motion and giving the music the inevitability of groove.
           Notes from the Underground debuted in 1988 with the American Composers’ Orchestra. The work has been performed by a number of orchestras in the United States and Europe including performances by conductor Lorin Maazel with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Hall. The piece riffs on Duke Ellington’s seminal work Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, transposing Ellington’s imaginative sonorities of woodwinds, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section into antiphonal orchestral choirs. The work is dedicated to the novelist Ralph Ellison and is conceived in two sections, “Shadow” and “Act” after his collection of essays.    
    – Anthony Davis

  3. Franz Schubert | Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 "The Great C Major"

    Andante - Allegro, ma non troppo
    Andante con moto
    Scherzo: Allegro vivace
    Allegro vivace


    First Violin
    Passacaglia Mason
    Liyuán Xiè
    Justus Ross
    Hannah O’Brien
    Bree Fotheringham
    Caroline Jesalva
    Evan Hjort
    Bella Hyeonseo Jeong
    Evelyn Song
    Louis Liao
    Chae Lim Yoon
    Ruoran Yu
    Xiaoqing Yu

    Second Violin
    Aidan Ip
    Yebin Yoo
    Nikki Naghavi
    Jason Qiu
    Seunghee Lee
    Isabella Gorman
    Natalie Boberg
    Yulia Price
    Jimmy Wang
    Qiyan Xing
    Bo-Wen Chen

    Kwong Man To
    Elton Tai
    Joy Hsieh
    Steven Tse
    Anna Mann
    Ayano Nakamura
    Wonjeong Seol
    Hyelim Kong
    Karlie Roberts

    Jiho Seo
    Yi-I Stephanie Yang
    Eva Ropero
    Adithya Muralidharan
    Emma Fisher
    Cheyoon Lee
    Josephina You Kyung Kim

    Misha Bjerken
    Chiyang Chen
    Alyssa Peterson
    Daniel Slatch

    Jeong Won Choe*
    Anna Kevelson
    Hui Lam Mak
    Chase McClung^
    Yeyoung Moon
    Nnamdi Odita-Honnah‡

    Yeyoung Moon

    So Jeong Kim‡
    Nathalie Graciela Vela*
    Kip Zimmerman^

    Ching-Wen Chen‡
    Kevin Lin*
    Soyeon Park
    Erica Smith^

    Delano Bell^
    Chaoyang Jing‡
    Miranda Macias*
    Daniel McCarty
    Julien Rollins
    Richard Vculek

    French horn
    Alex Daiker
    Hannah Messenger‡
    Tess Reagan*
    Paolo Rosselli^
    Tasha Schapiro

    Michael Harms^
    Sarah Heimberg‡
    Qiyu Liu
    Ryan O’Connell*
    Alex Prokop
    Alex Tung

    Lukas Helsel‡
    Quinn McGillis^
    Matt Vezey

    Bass Trombone
    Ki Yoon Park

    Colin Benton

    Pei Hsien Lu^
    David Uhlmann‡
    Tennison Watts*

    Stephanie Nozomi Krichena‡
    Pei Hsien Lu
    Tennison Watts
    Yiming Yao



    Principal players