12/27/13

New England Conservatory to Present Dozens of Free Concerts

Mingus and Sun Ra music, Dave Holland residency and more

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments have announced nearly 50 free concerts in the winter and spring of 2014. Highlights, according to an NEC press release, include world premieres of Charles Mingus’ Half-Mast Inhibition and Gunther Schuller’s From Here to There; a Sun Ra Centennial Concert; the Music of Dave Holland, who leads NEC students in a performance of his music; Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality, featuring some of the compositions created to combat racism and bigotry; A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, exploring a performer’s identity as an artist in relation to struggles, challenges and social issues; In the Mix, 36 one-hour concerts featuring student ensembles from the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments, and faculty recitals by NEC luminaries including Tanya Kalmanovitch, Vanessa Morris and Robert Labaree.

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Dave Holland
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Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra, which included trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy
By Ken Franckling

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Many of these concerts are part of NEC’s year-long festival on the theme of “Music: Truth to Power.” Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, log on to NEC Music or call 617-585-1260.

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