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

Nick Balkin
April 3, 2017
Press release
No Strings Attached. Left to right: Brian Nowak, Austin Comerford, Moxi Li, Justin Ploskonka, and Joshua Thomas-Urlik.
BoCoCelli. Standing: Jeremiah-Everard Barcus. Sitting from left to right: Nathaniel Taylor, Elisa R. Sadaba, and William Laney.
Image by Dave Green
Image by Dave Green

Two ensembles from Boston Conservatory at Berklee—cello quartet BoCoCelli and brass quintet No Strings Attached—are headed to Washington, D.C., next month 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.

BoCoCelli is a cello quartet directed by Rhonda Rider, chair of the Conservatory's Strings Department. The quartet 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." BoCoCelli wil close its portion of the concert with a ripping rendition of Lalo Schifrin's Mission Impossible theme. The group’s members are Conservatory students Jeremiah-Everard Barcus, William Laney, Elisa Rodriguez Sadaba, and Nathaniel Pasague Taylor.

Watch BoCoCelli perform Astor Piazzolla's "La Muerte del Angel" at the event:

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 are Conservatory students Justin Ploskonka, Moxi Li, Brian Nowak, Joshua Thomas-Urlik, and Austin Comerford.

Watch No Strings Attached performing at the event: