Opera Diva Frederica von Stade, Jazz Musician Chris Brubeck Perform in Benefit Concert for Conservatory Lab Charter School, October 26 at NEC's Jordan Hall


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NEC's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Benjamin Zander Featured in Program of Works by Canteloube, Ravel, Brubeck

Renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and jazz musician Chris Brubeck will team up with New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Zander for a concert to benefit the Conservatory Lab Charter School. The performance takes place Tuesday October 26 at 8 p.m. at NEC's Jordan Hall.

Von Stade, a member of the school's Advisory Board, will perform Canteloube's Chants D'Auvergne and Brubeck's River of Song, a setting of children's poems (also featuring jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti). Brubeck, a composer, arranger, and lyricist who also plays four instruments, will be the soloist in his Bass Trombone Concerto - a work he has performed on national television with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Zander and the YPO will open the concert with Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole.

Tickets for the performance are $50 and $30, but are free to conservatory and college students with ID. They are available through the NEC Box Office, 617-585-1260.

The Conservatory Lab Charter School is a public charter school serving 132 elementary students throughout the City of Boston. Founded in 1998, the school has a unique mission that incorporates music into the daily lives of students both in musical activities and by supporting academic learning. The school enjoys a partnership with New England Conservatory.

For tickets, call the NEC Box Office at (617) 585-1260.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes-thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year In Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully- restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to opera scenes. Every year, NEC's opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top," a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by more than two hundred stations throughout the United States.

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