Boston Conservatory at Berklee Plays the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage April 14

March 31, 2017

Two ensembles from Boston Conservatory at Berklee—brass quintet No Strings Attached and cello quartet BoCoCelli—are headed to Washington, D.C. in April for a performance on the John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The free event will take place on Friday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. EST, in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer at 2700 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. The concert will be streamed live in high definition video, and archived at The ensembles will also visit Sirius XM Radio on April 13 to record a performance for later broadcast.

No Strings Attached is a brass quintet directed by Larry Isaacson, associate director of the Conservatory's Music Division and chair of the Brass Department. The ensemble will perform Anthony Plog's "Four Sketches for Brass Quintet" and J.S. Bach's Contrapunctus IX, from The Art of the Fugue. They'll close the concert with the Suite Americana, mvmts. 1, 3, and 5, by Enrique Crespo. The group’s members, pictured above from left to right, are Conservatory students Brian Nowak (M.M. '18, horn), Austin Comerford (B.M. '17, brass), Moxi Li (G.P.D. '15, P.S.C. '18, trumpet), Justin Ploskonka (G.P.D. '18, trumpet), and Joshua Thomas-Urlik (B.M. '17, brass).

BoCoCelli is a cello quartet directed by Rhonda Rider, chair of the Conservatory's Strings Department. They will perform Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio; selections from Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville; and two pieces by tango master Astor Piazzolla, "Oblivion" and "La Muerte del Angel." They'll close their portion of the concert with a ripping rendition of Lalo Schifrin's Mission Impossible theme. The group’s members, pictured above, are Conservatory students Jeremiah-Everard Barcus (M.M. '16, G.P.D. '18, cello), standing; and Nathaniel Pasague Taylor (B.M. '15, G.P.D. '17, cello), Elisa Rodriguez Sadaba (B.M. '17, cello), and William Laney (G.P.D. 17, cello), seated from left to right.