New England Conservatory Announces Fall Highlights of Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation Season


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Ran Blake's 75th Birthday Celebrated, Gunther Schuller Feted on his 85th Birthday

CI Musicians Take Film Noir of Claude Chabrol as Inspiration, Ken Schaphorst Features Music of Duke Ellington and Gil Evans

Most events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Always check the website for the most up-to-the-minute details at necmusic.edu or call the Concert Line. NEC's Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. Pierce Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave. All halls except Brown are handicapped accessible.

Music of Dave Holland

Concert is culmination of weeklong masterclass
Date: September 30, 2010, 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall

Ran Blake 75th Birthday Tribute

Tonight's event will pay tribute to Blake's dual musical legacy: his unique and indelible musical voice and his nearly 40-year teaching career at NEC, where he has nurtured such major talents as Dominique Eade, Don Byron, John Medeski, and Matthew Shipp.

Performers will include NEC faculty members Bruce Brubaker, Frank Carlberg, Dominique Eade, Cecil McBee, Hankus Netsky, and Ken Schaphorst, as well as alumni Christine Correa '81, Alonzo Harris '06 M.M., and Sara Serpa '08 M.M. The program will showcase the multiplicity of influences that have made Blake's music unique and enduring.

In addition to musical performances, expect spoken tributes, archival audio and video.

Date: September 20, 2010, 8:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
Birthday Tribute to Gunther Schuller

Charles Peltz, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, pays tribute to composer, conductor, jazz scholar and former NEC President Gunther Schuller on his 85th birthday. Schuller, himself, will be on hand to lead the Wind Ensemble in his transcription of Duke Ellington's Reminiscing in Tempo.

Mozart: Serenade in c minor K 388
Gabrieli: Canzona Septimi Toni #1
A.R.Thomas: Fanfare (Boston premiere)
Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse (arr. Volans)
Duke Ellington: Reminiscing In Tempo (Schuller trans.)
Gunther Schuller, conductor
Schuller: On Winged Flight

Date: October 12, 2010, 18:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
Music of Duke Ellington

Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra

Date: October 21, 2010, 8:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
Chabrol Noir

Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake and coproducer Aaron Hartley organize a celebration of the French film director whose suspenseful titles include Rupture, The Butcher, and This Man Must Die.

Students and faculty of NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department—along with Cuddle Magic and NEC ensemble-in-residence the Borromeo String Quartet— perform in response to the plots, moods, and music of this rich body of film. Performers will accompany clips from the three films named above, released bang-bang-bang during an intense period of work in 1969 and 1970. The audience will also hear some of Jansen's original scoring for these films. Other performances will respond to the spirit of Chabrol's work without any specific reference point.

Ran Blake and Aaron Hartley are coaching a Storyboard Noir Ensemble that will play a key role in this concert.

Date: November 10, 2010, 8:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
Music of Gil Evans
Ken Schaphorst conduct the NEC Jazz Orchestra

Date: December 2, 2010, 8:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
NEC Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra
Student composers coached by Frank Carlberg

Date: December 7, 2010, 8:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall
NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra
Teenage players from the Preparatory School conducted by Ken Schaphorst

Date: December 16, 2010, 8:00:PM

Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall
Pierce Jazz Series
Student ensembles coached by NEC's Jazz Faculty.

Last year, donor generosity allowed NEC to transform a neglected recital hall in NEC's St. Botolph building into Pierce Hall: a new, state-of-the-art performance space. What better place to trumpet the innovative sounds of NEC's student jazz ensembles? In November and December, there are dozens of nights when you can make visits to this jazz club, where there's never a cover charge!

Date: Nov. 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 7 PM

Price: Free

Location: Pierce Hall


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world-renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC's opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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