New England Conservatory of Music - Neume Yearbook (Boston, MA)

 - Class of 1968

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Randall Thompson conducts his Psalm of Thanksgiving at the Centennial Concert on November 16, 1967. New England Conservatory Orchestra Frederik Prausnitz, Conductor The first of a recording series, a Conservatory record album starring the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Two appearances on television specials with Erich Leinsdorf and Gunther Schuller. A premiere performance of Randall Thompson ' s A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING, a world premiere of Robert Cogan ' s WHIRL . . . DS(I), the Boston premiere of Gunther SchuUer ' s SACRED CANTATA: PSALM 98. A guest-conducting visit by composer Henry Brant. The exciting four-day Centennial Festival in New York featuring performances in Town Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall. All these were keynotes of the Conservatory Symphony Or- chestra ' s varied activities in the 1967-68 season. On November 15, 1967, the Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of Frederik Prausnitz commenced its activities with a concert celebrating the Centennial year and President SchuUer ' s inaugu- ration. The concert began with Mahler ' s SYMPHONY NO. 1 in D major, and then the Orchestra joined forces with the Conservatory Chorus and the Preparatory Department ' s Children ' s Chorus to present Randall Thompson ' s A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING, con- ducted by the composer. During the Christmas season the Orchestra gave two concerts. The first, in December, featured Gustav Hoist ' s chamber opera, SAVITRl, with vocal soloists Jan Curtis, Roger Lucas, and Jesse Coston. Also on the program were the Passacaglia from Britten ' s PETER GRIMES, and Brahms ' SYMPHONY NO. 2. This concert was followed shortly by the Conservatory ' s annual Christmas Con- cert in Symphony Hall, where the Chorus and Orchestra again joined to present two premieres. Under guest conductor Gunther Schuller the Orchestra and Chorus introduced to Boston audiences Mr. SchuUer ' s own SACRED CANTATA: PSALM 98, and Robert Cogan ' s WHIRL . . . DS(I). Valentine ' s Day brought the airing of the hour-long NET Festival television special entitled " Leinsdorf Re-creates. " Featured was a half-hour rehearsal by the Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, music director of the Boston Symphony. Following the rehearsal was a discussion of the work which had been re- hearsed, Mahler ' s SYMPHONY NO. 3. 74

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