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NEC Symphony, Loebel / Aspinall / Beethoven, Wagner
Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 - 8:00 PM
Ensemble: NEC Symphony
David Loebel shares this program with Nathan Aspinall, a graduate student in NEC's prestigious orchestral conducting program.

With instrumentation described as “a stroke of genius,” by Oliver Knussen, Sonnet Swire, winner of the NEC composition competition, has proven herself to be an engaging young composer emerging quickly in the music scene. She started her musical journey relatively late; she picked up the tuba at age twelve, and didn’t start learning the theory behind the music until her sophomore year of high school,when she was required to compose a short piece as a final exam in her music theory class. The horrendous piece, aptly named "Train Wreck," has since been discarded, but she loved the process behind writing music so much that she continued unrelentingly.

The tuba took a back seat as her composer aspirations led her to New England Conservatory where during her freshmen year, she was referred to as a “Freshwoman(!)setting an exhilarating vernal tone” by the "Boston Musical-Intelligencer" regarding her Jordan Hall debut in Boston in the spring of 2013.

In addition to this, Sonnet is a former Co-Director of the Tuesday Night New Music Concert Series at NEC, where she premieres many of the new works she has written at the Conservatory.

Sonnet's work is starting to be recognized and performed across the United States and Canada, and she recently had her European debut at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France in July of 2014.

She currently continues her studies with composer, John Heiss, with additional mentorship by Lyle Davidson, as a junior at NEC.

Current projects include a chamber opera with a corresponding curriculum for a music residency geared towards teenagers.

According to the composer, "Antagonisme" is "inspired by and dedicated to all the people who have been victims of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, intimidation, and stalking,but whose struggles were ignored to protect the image of an institution or group of people. This piece attempts to capture the fear and inner conflict felt by those victims struggling to live their lives without the protection of society or institutions."
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Wagner: Parsifal
Prelude (Act III)
Du wuschest mir die Füße (Good Friday Music)
Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Nathan Aspinall
Ensemble: NEC Symphony
Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Allegretto
Presto - Assai meno presto
Allegro con brio
Conductor: David Loebel
Ensemble: NEC Symphony
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