The New England Conservatory celebrates the centenary of American composer, bassist and conductor Charles Mingus


The New England Conservatory celebrates the centenary of composer/bassist/bandleader/American label founder/activist/poet Charles Mingus with two concerts featuring renowned faculty members and NEC jazz students and a panel discussion . Events are free and open to the public. They take place:

Tuesday April 19 | Charles Mingus Centenary Panel
1:00 p.m. Pierce Room

NEC faculty member Jason Moran, bass trombonist and Mingus alum Earl McIntyre, and others discuss the life and legacy of Charles Mingus.

Tuesday April 19 | Meditations on Mingus – A Centenary Celebration
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall (air date May 17)
Free admission, ticket required

This concert marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mingus. Performers include Ran Blake, Jason Moran, Jason Palmer, Earl McIntyre, Ted Reichman, NEC Black Student Union Ensemble, The NEC Wind Ensemble, NEC Jazz Orchestra and students from the Jazz Department.

Compositions from all periods of Mingus’ career are presented in a wide range of approaches from faithful versions to radical recompositions of the originals. Pieces to be performed include “Meditations on Integration”, “Fables de Faubus”, “Weird Nightmare”, “Reincarnation of a Lovebird” and “Halfmast Inhibition”.

Thursday April 21 | The NEC Jazz Orchestra celebrates the 100th anniversary of Charles Mingus
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall (air date May 19)
Free admission, ticket required

In honor of Charles Mingus’ centenary, the NEC Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Ken Schaphorst, will perform “Mingus Fingers”, “The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife” and “Meditations on Integration”.

Founded by Eben Tourjée in Boston, Massachusetts in 1867, the New England Conservatory (NEC) represents a new model of music school that combines the best of European tradition with American innovation. The school sits at the center of Boston’s rich cultural history and musical life, presenting concerts at the famous Jordan Hall. As an independent, nonprofit institution that educates and trains musicians of Powered by deep artistry, bold creativity, and deep compassion, NEC seeks to amplify the impact of musicians in advancing our common humanity and enable students to face today’s changing world head-on, equipped with the tools and confidence to forge multidimensional lives of artistic depth and relevance.

As an independent, non-profit institution that educates and trains musicians of all ages from around the world, NEC is internationally recognized as a leader among music schools. It cultivates a diverse and vibrant community, providing music students from more than 40 countries with performance opportunities and high-calibre training from 225 internationally renowned artist-teachers and scholars. NEC pushes the boundaries of music making and teaching through college-level training in classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. Through unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships, it empowers students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC’s mission to make lifelong music education accessible to all, the Preparatory School and Continuing Education School provide training and performance opportunities for children, pre-university and adults.

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