Join Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, in collaboration with the School of Music and College of Fine Arts, for a memorable night with Philip Gossett, one of the world’s foremost experts on Italian opera.
Boston radio icon Ron Della Chiesa will moderate the evening which is part of a yearlong exploration and celebration of the work of Giuseppe Verdi in anticipation of the bicentennial of the composer’s birth.
BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes will perform her one-woman show, Dickens’ Women, based on women from Dickens’s fiction on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (871 Commonwealth Ave.).
Since the show’s inception in 1989, Margolyes has performed Dickens’ Women around the world, winning accolades and awards along the way. In the show, Margolyes portrays 23 characters from Dickens’ writing, including characters from some of Dickens’ most renowned tales.
Scholars of film and the performing arts will gather September 27th – 29th to debate the work of German director Werner Schroeter who, by the time of his death in 2010, was considered one of the key creative forces in film, theater and opera in Europe. Co-sponsored by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passion of Werner Schroeter, will bring together scholars from Germany, Austria, Australia, and the U.S. for an international, interdisciplinary conference. The conference will examine different facets of Schroeter’s four decades-long career, including his late-60s and early-70s avant-garde films, his German and internationally-made art house features, his documentaries, and his passion for theater and opera.
Cinema, Opera, Art is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut, the German cultural center at 170 Beacon Street, Boston. The conference schedule is: Sept. 27th: 5:30 – 9:00 PM, Sept. 28th: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Sept. 29th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Speakers include: Stefan Drößler (Film Museum Munich); Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin); Christine Noll Brinckmann (Prof. Emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland); Michelle Langford (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); Charles Warren (Boston University and Harvard University); Edward Dimendberg (University of California, Irvine); Ken Eisenstein (Mount Holyoke College); Eric Rentschler (Harvard University); Gerd Gemünden (Dartmouth College); Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers University); Roy Grundmann (Boston University); and John Gianvito (Emerson College).
Cinema, Opera, Art will be held in conjunction with two other events: a retrospective of Schroeter’s films at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge; and a photo exhibition of the work of Schroeter’s long-time stage and costume designer, AlberteBarsacq, at the Goethe-Institut.
This September, the Rubin-Frankel Gallery is honored to host The Power of Civil Society: the Fate of Jews in Bulgaria During the Holocaust 1940-1944, a new exhibit of historical significance that tells the story of how Bulgaria was able to save almost all of its Jewish citizens during World War II. The exhibit is on display now through October 15.
On Thursday, September 27, the President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev will visit the exhibition and speak at a special gallery reception. President Plevneliev will speak at 6:00 p.m., followed by a public reception at 7:00 p.m. The talk is by RSVP only with limited space available. The reception as well as a performance by Bulgarian-Boston Dance Ensemble Ludo Mlado is open to the public.
The Power of Civil Society depicts events that, due to social pressure at the time, have only recently surfaced. When Germany ordered Bulgaria to surrender its Jews, a great outcry emerged from the Bulgarian people, and the country ultimately refused Germany’s demands. Because of the Bulgarian people’s heroism, most of the country’s 50,000 Jews were spared death in Nazi concentration camps.
RSVP to Holland at 617-353-7634 or email@example.com.
Renowned musician, artist and author David Byrne and noted cognitive scientist Steven Pinker will come together on Monday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. at BU’s Tsai Performance Center for David Byrne and Steven Pinker in Conversation, “How Music Works: Are We Born Musical?” The discussion will center on Mr. Byrne’s latest book, How Music Works, which looks at how music is shaped by time and space.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the event is presented in partnership with DialogProjects and kicks-off the Boston University Arts Initiative. Created by the Office of the Provost, the BU Arts Initiative is a campus-wide effort to improve visibility for the University’s broad array of existing arts-related activities.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets must be picked-up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the discussion or they will be re-issued. For more information, call the Tsai Center box office at 617-353-8725 or visit: http://go.bu.edu/byrne-pinker.
How Music Works, which will be released this month, is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he’s spent a lifetime thinking about. He explains how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and tells us how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators. Touching on the joy, physics, and the business of making music, he also shows how it is inextricably linked to its cultural and physical context.
David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, Byrne lives in New York City.
Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist at Harvard who conducts research on how people learn, use, and change language, and he is also one of the world’s foremost writers on the human mind and human nature. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic.
On Thursday, May 10th, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) will host its annual spring gala at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature an intimate performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine NachtMuzik (A Little Night Music) by young musicians from BYSO’s premier orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony, conducted by Music Director Federico Cortese. This evening will also include a casual spread of food and cocktails as well as both a live and silent auction. Items include an autographed John Williams Star Wars score, a Red Sox package with 4 box seats, Bruins box seats, and a Stowe, VT vacation package. Tickets for this event are $150, available for purchase here. All proceeds will go towards financial aid awards for BYSO students.
For more information, contact Martha Robinson at 617-358-0280.
This Friday, May 4th, Boston University Academy will hold its annual Spring Concert followed by a financial aid benefit. The Spring Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Chapel. This show will feature the Chamber Orchestra and Choral Ensemble performing a new completion of Mozart’s Requiem, including 15 instrumentals and 25 vocalists. This event is free but an RSVP is requested. Following the concert at 8:30 p.m., the Academy community will be invited to a dessert reception with live jazz music at the George Sherman Union Back Court. At this reception the drawing for the highly anticipated cash raffle will take place. Tickets for the reception are $20 for adults, while BUA students and siblings are welcome free of charge. This reception and the cash raffle directly support fundraising efforts for the BUA financial aid program.
For tickets to the concert, reception, and raffle, click here.
At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st, literary magazine AGNI will host a party to launch its 75th issue and 40th anniversary at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. This celebration will start with a Robert Lowell “extravaganza” that includes a slideshow of never-before-released photos of the Boston native. Fanny Howe, Tom Sleigh, Lloyd Schwartz and many others will offer their reflections on the man and his poems. The release party, which is free and open to the public, will follow.
On Wednesday, April 18th, award-winning journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator Pete Hamill will be hosted by the The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University to give the nineteenth Abraham S. Burack Lecture. Mr. Hamill, who has won several journalism and literary awards and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, will give a lecture reflecting on his life and career and will also be available to sign books. Mr. Hamill’s papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Prizes for the Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded preceding the lecture. This event is free to students with a BU ID and $25 for non-members and guests. The talk begins at 6:00 p.m. in Metcalf Hall. A cocktail reception will follow.
Hosted by the School of Social Work, “Sick” is coming to Boston University for one night only. On Tuesday, April 3rd, writer and performer Elizabeth Kenny will give one performance of her one-woman show and host a special live Q&A session immediately following the show. Kenny and “Sick” come to Boston after a successful 3-month run in Seattle. The performance, collaboratively created with New City Theater Artistic Director John Kazanjian, explores a patient’s two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world – an odyssey that almost killed her.
This event is free for BU students, faculty, and alumni. Tickets for the general public are available at the door for $25.00. The performance and following discussion will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the George Sherman Union in the GSU Conference Auditorium on the second floor.
For additional information or questions, contact Cecilia Hughes at 617-353-3750.