Peabody’s newest new music group, Now Hear This (NHT), is an ensemble of varying size whose focus is delivering exciting and imaginative programs of all different genres of contemporary music – from classical to crossover, from minimalism to modernism. Largely unconducted, the ensemble is comprised of students, faculty, alumni, and visiting artists, who collaborate side by side. Members often have the opportunity to interact with the composers whose music they are playing, and onstage interviews with composers and performers break the barrier between audience and performer, engaging listeners, providing insight, and heightening the concert experience.
In its first season, NHT presented two concerts. The first was a portrait of music by Donnacha Dennehy, and the second was Peabody’s first ever performance of Steve Reich’s masterpiece Music for Eighteen Musicians.