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NEC Philharmonia + Biss/ Weber, Baker, Prokofiev
Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 - 8:00 PM
Conductor: Paul Biss
Paul Biss, violinist, violist and conductor, leads the NEC Philharmonia in works of Weber, Prokofiev and Claude Baker, a former colleague of Biss at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where Baker is Class of 1956 Chancellor’s Professor of Composition.

Weber: Overture to Oberon
Claude Baker:Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes (1990)
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts)

Biss’ concert is a fascinating example of how the influence of Mahler is permeating the music-making membranes of programmers at NEC this fall as well as exerting its irresistible tug on composers throughout the 20th and 21st Century. The Claude Baker work, Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes is a response to four haiku, the texts of which remind the composer in two cases of songs composed by Mahler. He quotes them in his non-verbal setting/elaboration of the poems. Indeed, once again we observe: Mahler’s Time is Now.
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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Suite
The Montagues and the Capulets
Juliet – the Young Girl
Masks
Romeo and Juliet
Dance of the Maids from the Antilles
Romeo at Juliet’s Grave
Death of Tybalt
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