Boston’s New England Conservatory and Northeastern University will present “Musical Diplomacy: A Concert and Discussion on Race and Culture in the Age of Obama” on Friday, May 14. The free 7:30 p.m. concert, performed by NEC students at Northeastern University’s Fenway Center, will include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and the world premieres of Jason Belcher’s Concerto for Improvisers and Orchestra and Caroline Park’s RADIO. Daniel Bernard Roumain will conduct his own Symphony for the Dance Floor. Robert Gittens, Northeastern University vice president of public affairs, will moderate a post-concert discussion featuring panelists Daniel Bernard Roumain; Gunther Schuller, former NEC president, conductor, composer, author, and historian; Dr. Jean Wu, senior lecturer at Tufts University’s American Studies Program; Dr. Emmett G. Price, chair of the African American Studies Program and associate professor of music at Northeastern University. Audience members may continue the discussion at a post-panel reception with refreshments. The event is part of an ongoing project that brings together leading policymakers, teachers, musicians, and concerned citizens for an evening concert and discussion of important social issues. Last year’s concert focused on individual rights and responsibilities during wartime.
Posted May 14, 2010