Since 1967, John Heiss has taught NEC students the roots of 20th-century modernism both in the classroom and as a conductor and coach. His courses on Ives, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky have shaped generations of musicians.
Each year Heiss recruits students interested in performing 20th- and 21st-century music to join the NEC Contemporary Ensemble.
Coming at the conclusion of a week of performances of her music by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and NEC, tonight's concert honors renowned composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Before the concert, Gubaidulina will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree by Interim President Thomas Novak. In celebrating this honor, John Heiss curates a concert of chamber music by Gubaidulina herself, along with Webern and Schoenberg.
Concluding tonight's program, the narrator for Schoenberg's commedia dell'arte piece Pierrot Lunaire is Paula Robison, who occupies NEC’s Donna Hieken Flute Chair. Robison knows the narration in German, French, and English—this will be a unique opportunity to hear her perform a vocal work.
Webern: Bagatelles (6) for String Quartet, Op. 9
Mason Yu (First Violin), Erica Tursi (Second Violin), Jinsun Hong (Viola), Alex Cox (Cello)
Patricia Au (Piano), Edward Kass (Double Bass)
Gubaidulina: Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten (Garden of Joy and Sorrow)
Bo Lee (Flute), Pamela Hope Wilk (Harp), Daniel Orsen (Viola)
Gubaidulina: Quattro for 2 Trumpets and 2 Trombones
Shengduo Chen (Trumpet), Elmer Churampi (Trumpet), Michael Cox (Trombone), Bryce Gillett (Bass Trombone)
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
Eine blasse Wäscherin
Valse de Chopin
Der kranke Mond
Gebet an Pierrot
O alter Duft
Paula Robison (Narrator), Stephen Kim (Flute), Matthew Griffith (Clarinet), Shaoai Ashley Zhang (Piano), Orin Laursen (Viola, Violin), Jonathan Butler (Cello)
Date: February 27, 2017 - 7:30PM
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
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