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New England Conservatory Celebrates 150th Anniversary

New England Conservatory’s (NEC) internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation (CI) Departments continue to celebrate their 150th anniversary season with some 50 concerts and events in the Spring 2018 season. The lineup continues to build on NEC’s rich legacy featuring 150 years of innovation showcasing the work of the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory as well as the pioneering CI department. It showcases diverse musical offerings from today’s most talented artists, performed in NEC’s renowned concert halls, including three new state-of-the-art venues at the Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC).

Highlights include Ran Blake and Aaron Hartley’s annual film noir concert; the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by alumnus Darcy James Argue as part of a concert honoring the legacy of Bob Brookmeyer; the premiere of alumnus and faculty member Anthony Coleman’s new work, “Streams,” a composition commissioned for NEC’s sesquicentennial; the music of Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst; and CI Salon Nights and Jazz Ensemble Concerts featuring hour-long concerts by rising star NEC students from the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments.

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