NEC Philharmonia + David Loebel: Coleman, Schumann, Dvořák

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290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

NEC Philharmonia, conducted by David Loebel, performs Valerie Coleman's Umoja: Anthem of Unity and Dvořák's Symphony No. 7 in D Minor.  Completing the program will be the Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 129 with Jeremy Tai ’23 MM, cello, winner of the NEC concerto competition.

This is an in-person event with a private stream available to the NEC community here:

  • Jeremy Tai '23 MM, cello
  1. Valerie Coleman | Umoja: Anthem of Unity (2019)

    Program note

    In its original form, Umoja, the Swahili word for Unity and the first principle of the African Dispora holiday Kwanzaa, was composed as a simple song for women's choir. It embodied a sense of 'tribal unity', through the feel of a drum circle, the sharing of history through traditional “call and response” form and the repetition of a memorable sing-song melody. It was rearranged into woodwind quintet form during the genesis of Coleman’s chamber music ensemble, Imani Winds, with the intent of providing an anthem that celebrated the diverse heritages of the ensemble itself.
         Almost two decades later, the orchestral version brings an expansion and sophistication to the short and sweet melody, beginning with sustained ethereal passages that float and shift from a bowed vibraphone, supporting the introduction of the melody by solo violin. Here the melody is sweetly singing in its simplest form with an earnest reminiscence of Appalachian style music. From there, the melody dances and weaves
    throughout the instrument families, interrupted by dissonant viewpoints led by the brass and percussion sections, which represent the clash of injustices, racism and hate that threatens to gain a foothold in the world today. Spiky textures turn into an aggressive exchange between upper woodwinds and percussion, before a return to the melody as a gentle reminder of kindness and humanity. Through the brass led ensemble tutti, the journey ends with a bold call of unity that harkens back to the original anthem.
         Umoja has seen the seen the creation of many versions that are like siblings to one another, similar in many ways but each with a unique voice that is informed by Coleman’s ever-evolving creativity and perspective.
         Umoja: Anthem of Unity was commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra who gave the premiere performance in September, 2019.

  2. Robert Schumann | Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 129

    Nicht zu schnell - Langsam - Sehr lebhaft


    Jeremy Tai

    Cellist Jeremy Tai has been recognized as an emerging artist of fierceenergy, musical sincerity, and dynamic colors. At 24 years of age, hehas performed with the Utah Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, thePeninsula Symphony, Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco, and the PaloAlto Philharmonic Orchestra.
            The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Mr. Tai is the firstprize winner of the Klein International String Competition, NewEngland Conservatory Concerto Competition, Music Teachers NationalAssociation National Strings Competition, and the Mondavi CenterNational Young Artists Competition.
            Mr. Tai is an avid chamber musician, having most recently collaboratedwith the Escher String Quartet at a series of concerts as a part ofMusic in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. Additionally, hehas appeared at Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival andMusic@Menlo Chamber Music Institute.
            In addition to his prolific classical music career, Mr. Tai is also aversatile crossover artist on social media. With over 5,000,000streams and views across his social media pages, Mr. Tai hascollaborated with some of the biggest names in the classical music andcrossover world, including Blaise Déjardin, Zlatomir Fung,
    Chan, Yeesun Kim, Ken Kubota, Samuel Kim, and Nicholas Yee.     

    • Jeremy Tai '23 MM, cello

  4. Antonín Dvořák | Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, op. 70

    Allegro maestoso
    Poco adagio
    Scherzo: Vivace
    Finale: Allegro

  5. Personnel

    First Violin
    Nozomi Murayama
    Kitty Amaral
    Hannah O’Brien
    Eunha Kim
    Passacaglia Mason
    Hila Dahani
    Ian Hsu
    Kristy Chen
    Jeffrey Pearson
    Justus Ross
    Claire Thaler
    Arun Asthagiri
    Yebin Yoo
    Chloe Hong

    Second Violin
    Bree Fotheringham
    Evelyn Song
    Boxianzi Vivian Ling
    Rachel Yi
    June Chung
    Joy Wei
    Yilei Yin
    Bella Jeong
    Xiaoqing Yu
    Thompson Wang
    Jordan Hadrill

    Qiyan Xing


    John Harry Clark
    Asher Boorstin
    Jacqueline Armbruster
    ChengRong Li
    Hyelim Kong
    Anna Mann
    Haoyang Shi
    Wanjeong Seol
    Samuel Zacharia
    Poppy Yu


    Dilshod Narzillaev
    Lillian Yim
    Jonathan Salman
    Anthony Choi
    Seoyeon Koo
    Josephina YK Kim
    Trés Foster
    JungAh Lee
    Hao Wang
    Youjin Ko

    Cailin Singleton

    Jesse Dale
    Yu-Cih Chang
    Alyssa Peterson
    Willie Swett

    Chia-Fen Chang
    Jay Kim
    Anna Kevelson *
    Subin Serena Oh ‡
    Mara Riley §
    Dianne Seo

    Erika Rohrberg *  
    Dianne Seo §

    Donovan Bown  
    Gwen Goble *
    Kelley Osterberg §
    Sam Rockwood ‡

    English horn
    Donovan Bown

    Thomas Acey *
    Hugo Heokwoo Kweon ‡
    Aleksis Martin §

    Bass Clarinet
    Hugo Heokwoo Kweon

    Adam Chen
    Garrett Comrie ‡
    Miranda Macias *  
    Richard Vculek §

    French horn
    Sam Hay *
    Karlee Kamminga §
    Hannah Messenger
    Sophie Steger ‡

    Michael Harms *
    Nelson Martinez ‡
    Dimitri Raimonde §

    Zachary Johnson *
    Noah Korenfeld §

    Bass Trombone
    Luke Sieve

    Masaru Lin

    Eli Geruschat *
    Parker Olson §
    Zesen Wei ‡  

    Steph Krichena
    Parker Olson *
    Zesen Wei

    Yoonsu Cha


    Principal players
    * Coleman
    § Dvořák