CFA to webcast first orchestral concert from Boston’s Symphony Hall

in CFA, Music
November 22nd, 2010

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Press Contacts:
Jean Connaughton: 617.353.7293 / jeanconn@bu.edu
Ellen Carr: 617.353.8783 / emcarr@bu.edu

Boston University College of Fine Arts to webcast first orchestral concert from Boston’s Symphony Hall
Sunday, November 21, 7:30pm EST on www.bu.edu/cfa/totenberg100

Boston, MA – For the first time ever on Sunday, November 21, a live orchestra performance will be webcast with video from Boston’s historic Symphony Hall. Featuring the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, the concert will celebrate acclaimed violinist and longtime faculty member Roman Totenberg’s 100th birthday. Production staff from the BU School of Music will work with Productive Media and Sound Mirror to stream high quality audio and video from the entire concert live on the CFA website (www.bu.edu/cfa/totenberg100) on November 21 at 7:30pm EST, with the complete footage also available afterward on BUniverse (www.bu.edu/buniverse).

“More people listen to classical music now than at any other time in history, but concert halls and opera houses are no longer the only places to reach music lovers,” said Benjamín Juárez, dean of the BU College of Fine Arts. “New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic were the first to reach out to their audiences and develop new ones in this way, and soon other iconic institutions followed suit. We’re proud to join these musical pioneers by making the first live orchestral cast from Boston’s Symphony Hall.”

Still an active teacher, Totenberg joined the BU School of Music as Professor of Music in 1961, and his extraordinary talent as a solo violinist has paralleled his passion for teaching and mentoring countless musicians. The concert will feature the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Hoose, and violinist Peter Zazofsky, in performances of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A-flat. National political commentator Cokie Roberts will host a special tribute to Totenberg. Concert details and tickets are available at www.bu.edu/cfa/totenberg100.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.