2019-20 Season

Left Dreaming

October 26, 2019, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

Hilary Purrington Above the last cloud
Boston premiere, Winner, 2019 NEP Call for Scores

Gunther Schuller The Past is in the Present (2012)

Maurice Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand (1929-30)
Jeffrey Swann, piano

Hannah Lash God Music Bug Music (2011)
Boston premiere

Arnold Schoenberg Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 (1909, rev 1949)

Together & Apart

February 23, 2020, 3pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

John Adams The Chairman Dances (1985)

Bernard Hoffer Violin Concerto No. 2 (“Decapod”) (2019)
Danielle Maddon, violin
World premiere

Judith Weir Moon and Star (1995)
Metropolitan Chorale, Lisa Graham, conductor

Bela Bartok Kossuth (1903)
Boston premiere

Story Telling

December 7, 2019, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University
Annual Family Concert

Christopher Rouse The Infernal Machine (1981)

Benjamin Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1946)
Joyce Kulhawik, narrator

Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, 4th mvt. (1919)
Fionn O’Connor, cello, Winner of 2019 Young Artist Competition

Bernard Hoffer Little Red Riding Hood (2018)

Westborough High School Women’s Chorale, Alyson Greer Espinosa, director
Joyce Kulhawik, narrator

Flowers in the Dark

April 25, 2020, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University


Igor Stravinsky Feu d’artifice (1908)

Eric Nathan Double Concerto for Solo Violin, Solo Clarinet, and Strings (2019)
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Yoonah Kim, clarinet
Co-commission with The New York Classical Players
Boston premiere

Gustav Mahler  Symphony No. 1

2018-19 Season

Spirit of the Bells

October 27, 2018, 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Lachlan Skipworth Spiritus (2017)
United States premiere, Winner, 2017 NEP Call for Scores

John Harbison Symphony No. 1 (1981)

Sergei Rachmaninoff The Bells (1913)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
David Kravitz, baritone
Commonwealth Chorale, David Carrier, director

From Bruckner to the Moon

March 2, 2019, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

Melinda Wagner Proceed, Moon (2016)
First Boston performance

Francis Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1932)
Leslie Amper and Randall Hodgkinson, duo piano

Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 3 in D Minor (“Wagner”) (1878)
Including the world premiere of 38 bars in the finale (from 2nd version 1877)

Big Bad Wolf

December 2, 2018, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University
Annual Family Concert

Aaron Copland “Prairie Night” and “Celebration” from Billy the Kid (1938)

Andy Vores Big Bad Wolf (2000)

Felix Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64 1st mvt.
Luke Henderson, violin, Winner of 2018 Young Artist Competition

Bernard Hoffer Little Red Riding Hood (2018)
World premiere, NEP commission
Boston City Singers, Joshua DeWitte, director
Joyce Kulhawik, narrator


April 27, 2019, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

David Rakowski  Water  2018, world premiere

Sebastian Currier  Time Machines  2007
Boston premiere
Danielle Maddon, violin

Bernard Hoffer  Three Pieces for Orchestra  2018
World premiere

Maurice Ravel  Bolero  1928

2017-18 Season

Eerie Company

October 28, 2017, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University 

Andrew Norman  Sacred Geometry  2003

Joseph Schwantner  Magabunda “Four Poems of Agueda Pizarro”  1983
Sarah Pelletier, soprano

Peter Child  Punkie Night  2006

Igor Stravinsky  Petrushka  1947 version

Ancient, Modern and Bernstein

March 3, 2018, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

Leonard Bernstein Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free

Claude Debussy  Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Eric Nathan  Paestum
World premiere of orchestral version

Ferruccio Busoni’s  Indian Fantasy for piano and orchestra, op. 44
Jeffrey Swann, piano

Steven Stucky  Symphony
Boston premiere

The Usual Orchestral Suspects

December 10, 2017, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

John Adams  Short Ride in a Fast Machine  1986

Aaron Copland  Old American Songs, set 1  1954
Cambridge Children’s Chorus, a division of Boston City Singers
Wendy Silverberg, Director

Nathaniel Stookey  The Composer Is Dead   2006
Former Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis, Narrator

Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen” (Gypsy Airs) Op. 20
Violinist Keila Wakao, violin, 2017 Young Artist Competition Winner

Dancing in Time

April 28, 2018, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

Hector Berlioz Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict (1860-62)

Yehudi Wyner Epilogue: in memory of Jacob Druckman (1996)

Angela Elizabeth Slater Roil in Stillness (2015)
2018 NEP Call for Scores Winner, World premiere

Leoš Janáček Violin Concerto (“The Wandering of a Little Soul”) (1926)
Danielle Maddon, violin

David Rakowski Symphony no. 7 (2018-19)
World premiere, NEP commission

2016-17 Season

Finding the Key

October 29, 2016, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University


Andy Vores Xylophonic (2016)
World premiere

Yehudi Wyner Piano Concerto “Chiavi in mano” (2004)
Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Carl Ruggles Evocations (1934–43)

Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra (1943)

40th Anniversary Concert

A Child of Our Time

March 4, 2017, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

Richard Cornell Melospiza melodia (2017)
World premiere

Gunther Schuller Vertige d’Eros (1945)

Michael Tippett
A Child of Our Time (1939-41)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Charles Blandy, tenor
Sumner Thompson, bass
Chorus pro Musica, Jamie Kirsch, Director

The Big Bad Wolf

December 11, 2016, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University
Annual Family Concert

William Schuman Newsreel in 5 Shots (1942)

Bernard Hoffer Nocturne: The Timber Wolf (2016) WORLD PREMIERE

Andy Vores Big Bad Wolf (1996)

Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood Song Book (1994)
WBZ-TV’s Eric Fisher, Narrator
Boston City Singers, Joshua DeWitte, Director

Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, 1st mvt.
Khoi Le, 2016 Young Artist Competition Winner

A Fanfare and Fireworks

April 29, 2017, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

Peter Child Flourish! Fanfare for Orchestra (2017)
World premiere

Aaron Copland Orchestral Variations (1957)

David Rakowski Violin Concerto No. 2  (2017)
NEP Commission, World premiere
Danielle Maddon, violin

Sebastian Currier Microsymph (1997)

Zoltán Kodály Peacock Variations (1939)

Liliya Ugay Oblivion (2015)
Boston premiere
2016 Call for Scores Winner

2015-16 Season

Stepping Stones of the 20th Century

October 25, 2015, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center

Irving Fine  Toccata Concertante

Anton von Webern Six Pieces for Orchestra

Maurice Ravel Shéhérazade
Sarah Pelletier, soprano

Dmitri Shostakovich  October 

Gunther Schuller The Past is in the Present
Boston premiere

Miracles & Rhapsodies

February 27, 2016, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center

Roy Harris Symphony No. 3

Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43
Randall Hodgkinson, piano

Brian Robison In Search of Miraculous
Boston premiere

Bernard Hoffer MacNeil Lehrer Variations
Boston premiere

Musical Characters

December 13, 2015, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center
Annual Family Concert

John Harbison Remembering Gatsby

George Antheil Tom Sawyer Overture

2015 Young Artist Competition WinnerTBD

Rob Kapilow Elijah’s Angel
David Kravitz, baritone
Dana Whiteside, baritone
Boston City Singers, Jane Money, Director

From the Seas to the Heavens

April 30, 2016, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center

David Hertzberg Spectre of the Spheres
2015 Call for Scores Winner
Boston premiere

Alban Berg Violin Concerto (To the Memory of an Angel)
Danielle Maddon, soloist

Jean Sibelius The Oceanides

David Rakowski Symphony No. 6
World premiere, NEP commission

2014-15 Season

Shall We Dance?

October 25, 2014, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center

György Ligeti Ramifications

Bernard Hoffer Ligeti Split
World premiere

Igor Stravinsky Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
Randall Hodgkinson, piano

David Rakowski Dance Episodes Symphony No. 5
World premiere, NEP Commission

Maurice Ravel La Valse

Spring Awakening

March 1, 2015, 4pm
MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

John Harbison Darkbloom: Overture for an Imagined Opera

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring

Benjamin Britten Spring Symphony
Sarah Pelletier,soprano
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Ray Bauwens, tenor
Chorus pro Musica, Jamie Kirsch, Music Director
Boston Children’s Chorus, Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director


December 14, 2014, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center
Annual Family Concert

Michael Gandolfi Night Train to Perugia
Boston premiere

Arthur Honegger Pacific 231

Heitor Villa-Lobos Little Train of Caipira & Toccata from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
Austin Kwoume, 2014 Young Artist Competition Winner

Rob Kapilow Chris van Allsburg’s Polar Express
David Kravitz, baritone
Newton Public Schools All City Treble Singers, Kathryn Denney, Director


May 2, 2015, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center

Matthew Browne How the Solar System Was Won
2014 Call for Scores Winner, Boston premiere

Gunther Schuller Meditation (Symphonic Study)

Andy Vores Drive (Violin Concerto no. 2)
World premiere, NEP commission
Danielle Maddon, violin

Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

2013-14 Season

Dreams & Legends

Date: October 26, 2013, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center

Boston University Trumpet Ensemble Library Fanfare

Elliott Carter Pocahontas

John Harbison Cello Concerto
Jan Müller-Szeraws, soloist

Boston University Trumpet Ensemble Dedicatory Fanfare

Carl Schimmel Woolgatherer’s Chapbook
2013 NEP Call for Scores winner

Leos Janacek Sinfonietta
With the Boston University Trumpet Ensemble

An American Anthem

March 1, 2014, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center

Michael Gandolfi Chesapeake: Summer of 1814
Simmons College and MIT Concert Choirs

Bernard Hoffer  Violin Concerto
Danielle Maddon, soloist
World premiere

Dmitri Shostakovich  Symphony no. 1

A Distant Journey

December 15, 2013, 3pm
Tsai Performance Center

Richard Wagner Prelude to Act III,Lohengrin

John Adams Tromba lontana

Silvestre Revueltas Janitzio

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto first movement
Sammy Andonian, 2013 Young Artist Competition Winner

Richard Cornell Umai’s Journey
Boston Children’s Chorus
Renée T. White, Dean of Simmons College, Narrator


Firsts & Fantasies

May 3, 2014, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center
Annual Family Concert

Gunther Schuller, NEP Composer Laureate  Dramatic Overture
Boston premiere

David Rakowski Zephyrs from Dance Episodes Symphony no. 5
World premiere

Roy Harris  Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Steven Drury, piano

Sergei Prokofiev  Symphony no. 7

2012-13 Season

October 27, 2012

David Rakowski Symphony no. 4, “Scare Quotes” (2012)
NEP Commission
World premiere

Richard Strauss Four Last Songs (1948)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano

Thea Musgrave Rainbow (1990)

Claude Debussy La Mer (1905)



March 2, 2013

Peter Child Jubal (2001)

Michael Gilbertson Vigil (2007)
NEP Call for Scores winner

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony no. 6 (1944–47/1950)

December 9, 2012

Aaron Copland “Hoedown” from Rodeo (1942)

Wallingford Riegger New Dance (1935)

Aaron Copland “Buckaroo Holiday” from Rodeo (1942)

Silvestre Revueltas Sensemayá (1938)

Pablo de Sarasate Carmen Fantasy (1883)
Ilana Zaks, Violin, 2012 Young Artist Competition winner

Aaron Copland Old American Songs (1950)
PALS Children’s Chorus


April 27, 2013

Steven Stucky Rhapsodies for Orchestra (2008)
Boston premiere

Benjamin Britten Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1938/1945)
Randall Hodgkinson, piano

Gunther Schuller Five Bagatelles for Orchestra (1964)

Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 7 (1924)

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