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NEC Spring Concert Series: NEC Chamber Orchestra + Veress, Mozart & Schoenberg

It's time for the next FREE classical music concert for the spring season at the New England Conservatory of Music!

Tonight, The NEC Chamber Orchestra takes the stage again for a program featuring the works of Veress, Mozart and Schoenberg.

The NEC Chamber Orchestra, NEC's conductorless orchestra, was created in 2000 by double bassist Donald Palma, a founding member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. It gives young players a chance to work together in a completely new way, each player taking full responsibility for the sound of the group. Palma's regular coaching is supplemented by other members of the NEC faculty.Music of the classical era by Handel, Haydn, and Mozart is at the core of virtually every program, along with an occasional baroque work, as well as modern pieces.

Tonight's concert features Four Transylvanian Dances by Sándor Veress, who was mentored by Bartok, and who is said to have "out-Bartoked Bartok." The younger Hungarian composer completed these dances in the late 1940s shortly after he had decided not to return to his homeland and risk political and artistic repression and it is hard not to hear both defiance and a leave-taking in this music. The composer describes the dances as "free re-creations of certain styles of dance music indigenous to Hungarian villages, particularly to the Székler of Transylvania."

Other works include the Mozart Divertimento No.11 in D-major, K.251 and Schoenberg's Transfigured Night. The latter is heard in the string orchestra version that the composer arranged in 1917 and subsequently revised in 1943. This performance, paired with the January 31 NEC Contemporary Ensemble performance of the original 1899 sextet version, offers listeners an unusual opportunity to see how the composer's vision of the piece—probably his most popular—changed over the course of his life. (Listen to excerpts below; the names in the list link to youtube performances of the works.)

Let's meet up at no later than 7:30pm, so the group can grab a bunch of seats together when the doors open, and then socialize before the concert. We will probably end up sitting in the back of the center section in the main hall, as they usually don't open the balcony for these concerts.

Directions to Jordan Hall:
The hall is located at the corner of Huntington and Gainsborough streets, about a block south of the Symphony T stop on the Green Line. It's also close to the Mass Ave station on the Orange line. Look for the building with the YMCA sign on top of it as you walk down Huntington Ave--it's near that building. The main entrance is reached from Gainsborough Street.

This evening's program will include:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful! Thanks, again, Will. Keep up the great work!

    March 1, 2013

  • Kristin B

    thanks again, really enjoyed...

    February 28, 2013

  • jonathan

    Very good. Was transported to new worlds. Ate cookies. What more can you ask for?

    February 28, 2013

  • Jim

    Excellent. I did not see any meet-up people however. I arrived at 7:30 looked around for the group but eventually went to my seat up front where I prefer. I'll try again to find meet-up people at the next concert. Anyone going to MFA first Friday?

    February 27, 2013

    • Will

      Jim, When the doors open, I take the group that's in line into the hall, and then come back to usher stragglers. We must have just missed each other -- we were mostly in the back two rows of the main floor section.

      February 28, 2013

  • Will

    To the 36 of you who signed up and then didn't come, you missed a terrific concert. For those who like Mozart, it was very well done, and the other two pieces are rarely played, and it's a shame because they were both amazing. Veress is so unknown that I couldn't find a clip for it, and the Schoenberg was lush and surprising. As ever, the chamber orchestra never disappoints!
    Thanks to those who came out to enjoy it with me!

    February 27, 2013

  • Bob K.

    Was really quite good!

    February 27, 2013

  • jonathan

    thought i had responded earlier. will be there. wouldn't miss Veress, whoever he is.

    February 27, 2013

  • jack

    I just can't take this unbelievablly horrendous weather...

    February 27, 2013

  • Jürgen R.

    Trying to get rid of a cold. Not yet fully restored. See you next time

    February 27, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    due to weather

    February 27, 2013

  • Elliot G.

    I jnephew ust remembered I'm having dinner with a nephew who is in town from Texas.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun!

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Will,
    Hope all is well, parking in Boston tomorrow evening will be a nightmare. Thanks for your time organizing the event.
    Wish you well, Sashi.

    February 26, 2013

  • Kate W.

    Looking forward to achieving my stated goal of living near Boston: taking advantage of free cultural events (only took 7 years to do it).

    February 26, 2013

  • Elliot G.

    I may bring my friend Kevin.

    February 26, 2013

  • Helle

    Enjoyed the last one very much!

    February 23, 2013

  • Karen

    Wish I shared your optimism Benjamin.!
    How someone else could admit they have attraction for me and tell me that they enjoy spending time with me while also seeming emotionally unavailable I will never know. I only mention the emotion part because the other is easy for a women to find if she so desires.

    February 21, 2013

  • Jim

    I look forward to meeting some of my fellow Meet-Up concert goers. I like to sit up front but will introduce myself before the concert.
    Jim

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    now, to find a lovely date! :D

    February 8, 2013

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