Peter Jonatan

Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator

9:00 AM09:00

Small and Large Ensemble Arranging Workshop

"How to make Powerful Arrangement" 

Idea and its development, melodic structure, harmonic structure, rhythmic structure, formal structure, orchestration and textural change, arranging technique do and don't, stylistic harmonic and melodic approach, consideration in arranging, arrangement and composition analysis.

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7:30 PM19:30

NEC's 150th Birthday with Lake Street Dive

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Tonight, the party starts here in NEC's Jordan Hall, with an appearance by Lake Street Dive. The group will perform a set in their usual four-piece format, as well as a set accompanied by students from the NEC Philharmonia, Jazz Orchestra and Gospel Ensemble.

In this concert, Peter will be playing one song with his Gospel Ensemble and also have one of his orchestration will be play by Lake Street Dive alongside the NEC Orchestra. 

Tickets go on sale on November 1. Tickets $30, $40. There are also a limited number of VIP seats at $150. The VIP package includes a pre-concert reception, post-concert meet-and-greet with Lake Street Dive, and tickets to NEC's A Feast of Music after-party on February 25. Tickets are available in person and by phone at the NEC box office (617-585-1260), and at

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9:00 PM21:00

NEC Gospel Ensemble

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The NEC Gospel Ensemble explores contemporary gospel music as it is currently being created and performed. This ensemble works with repertoire composed within the last 20 years of contemporary gospel music and highlights key composers and choir leaders.

9pm: NEC Gospel Ensemble, coached by Nedelka Prescod

Amanda Ekery, voice
Robbie Pate, voice
Sam Jones, voice
Farayi Sumbureu, voice
Alexandra Keller, voice
Caroline Kuhn, voice
Elise Leavy, voice
Molly Martin, voice
Laila Smith, voice
Isaiah Johnson, alto saxophone
Aaron Blumenthal, tenor saxophone
Peter Jonatan, piano
Sam Fribush, electric organ
Dan Raney, bass
Eladio Rojas, drums

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7:30 PM19:30

NEC Contemporary Improvisation Concert: "America?America!"

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Peter and his Gospel Ensemble will be playing one song in this concert.

Check out the rest of awesome performances below:

Under the direction of CI co-chair and multi-instrumentalist Eden MacAdam-Somer, Contemporary Improvisation students and faculty take a look at the music that makes the US who we are, in our country of many cultures. Anthony Coleman leads Survivors Breakfast in Earl Robinson’s Ballad for Americans, the CI Chamber Ensemble presents Charles Ives’ General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, and Nedelka Prescod’s African American Experience Through Music Ensemble shares their version of Mahalia Jackson’s Canaan Land. You’ll hear Taylor Swift, the Dixie Chicks, Aaron Copland, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Randy Newman, Hank Williams, Blind Willie Johnson, folk music, and originals performed by CI students, faculty, and special guests, including Farayi Malek, Raf Natan, Sam Jones, Daniel O’Brien, Franzi Seehausen, Sam Fribush, Utsav Lal, Isaiah Johnson, Damon Smith, Adam Tuch, Melissa Weikart, Drew Wesely, Caroline Kuhn, and many more.

"This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do." - Jack Kerouac On the Road: the Original Scroll

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7:00 PM19:00

In The Mix Series

These student ensembles are the club headliners of tomorrow—coached by leading jazz and improvising artists from the New England Conservatory faculty.

7pm set: Carlberg Ensemble

Alexandra Keller, voice

David Adewumi, trumpet

Ben Nichols, tenor saxophone

Peter Jonatan, piano

Evan Carley, bass

Mario Fabrizio, drums

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