Boston University College of Fine Arts to Webcast Orchestral Concert of Russian Symphony at Boston’s Symphony Hall

in Music
April 2nd, 2012

Boston, MA – In a concert titled “Requiem for a Generation,” Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus will perform their second of two Symphony Hall concerts this year, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (1905). Conducted by David Hoose, the concert’s featured scores were selected to commemorate the generation of Russians born and educated after the revolution of 1905, who suffered atrocities unprecedented in Russian history. The Shostakovich piece specifically addresses the revolutionary period, while the Rachmaninoff explores the varied, often dolorous but at the last redemptive, moods evoked by that instrument.   The entire concert will be broadcast live on the CFA website, including a pre-concert lecture on the pieces given by department of musicology Professor Patrick Wood Uribe at 7:15pm EST, with the complete footage also available afterward on the School of Music’s Virtual Concert Hall (www.bu.edu/cfa/music/virtual-concert-hall).

Written in 1915 in response to an onomatopoeic Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells is a choral symphony sung in four parts, in allegiance to the poem.  The piece begins in glittering fantasy, with Silver Sleigh Bells and moves on to contentment tinged with reluctance in Wedding Bells; the two sections that follow move into more frightening, followed by funereal, territories, with only a twelfth-hour anticipatory tinge of redemption. Sung here by Janna Baty, soprano and Boston University alumni Anton Belov, baritone, and Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor, this work embodies both the sonorous meanings held by bells in our cultural rituals and the quotidian, universal sadness created by the individual and societal struggles of the world’s citizenry.

Casting an eye over the previous half-century, with his Symphony No. 11 Shostakovich produces musical images of immediacy appropriate to the lurid, Technicolor era of cinema in which the piece was written (1957). With the subject of bloody revolution in the foreground, such imagery is an effective demonstration of the role the arts can play in illuminating and reflecting the world’s most complex problems.  The College’s 2011-12 Keyword: Violence is actively reflected in the composer’s conjuring of the events of Bloody Sunday and the ensuing conflict.

AT A GLANCE
Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus perform “Requiem for a Generation”
Monday, April 2, 2012, 8 p.m.
Pre-concert lecture with Professor Patrick Wood Uribe at 7:15 p.m. in Symphony Hall (free to all ticket-holders)

Rachmaninoff The Bells
David Hoose, conductor
Janna Baty, soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Anton Belov, baritone

Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 (1905)
David Hoose, conductor

Symphony Hall – 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Tickets: $25 general admission. Student Rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm.
Box Office: www.BostonSymphonyHall.org or 617.266.1200.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
David Hoose is Professor of Music in the School of Music at Boston University, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities. He has been Music Director of the Cantata Singers and Ensemble since 1984, and has been Music Director of Collage New Music since 1991. For eleven years, Professor Hoose was also Music Director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hoose was the 2008 recipient of Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Alice M. Ditson Conductors Award, given in recognition of exceptional commitment to the performance of American music, and whose past recipients include Leonard Bernstein, André Previn, Eugene Ormandy and Leopold Stokowski. During his tenure with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Florida, the city of Tallahassee declared a week to be named after him in recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of the region. As a horn player and founding member of the Emmanuel Wind Quintet, he was a recipient of the Walter W. Naumburg Award for Chamber Music, and he was the recipient of the Dmitri Mitropolous Award for his work at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Patrick Wood Uribe was appointed Assistant Professor in the department of musicology and Ethnomusicpolgy in 2011. He holds a PhD in Musicology from Princeton University, a BA and MA with honors in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and a postgraduate degree in violin performance from the Royal Academy of Music.

Dr. Wood Uribe’s main area of research lies between the history of music theory and the history of ideas, focusing specifically on theories of musical form in the nineteenth century and their relationship to Enlightenment and early Romantic aesthetics. His other research and teaching interests include violin music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the art music of post-revolutionary Mexico.As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed widely throughout the UK and the US, as well as in France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Italy and Spain.

Soprano Janna Baty has performed with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Daejeon Philharmonic (South Korea), Hamburgische Staatsoper, L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Hartford Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Eugene Opera, Opera North, and Boston Lyric Opera.  She has performed at the Aldeburgh and Britten Festivals in England, The Varna Festival in Bulgaria, the Semanas Musicales de Frutillar Festival in Chile, and the Tanglewood and Norfolk festivals in the U.S.  Ms. Baty has worked alongside many composers, including John Harbison, Bernard Rands, and Yehudi Wyner, on performances of their music.  Her discography includes numerous critically lauded recordings with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose.  In 2008 she joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music.

Admired for his outstanding musical intelligence and for the purity, power, and flexibility of his voice, tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young tenors singing today. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Wexford Festival, Boston Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, and the Caramoor Festival. He has performed with the Minnesota Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Baltimore Opera  and Dallas Symphony amongst others, and in the main roles in such operas as La Traviata,  Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, Berlioz Requiem, La Boheme, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride, Shostakovich’s The Nose, Tancredi, Armida, Lakme, Mara Stuarda, Don Giovanni, La Donna del Lago, Maria di Rohan, The Pearl Fishers, Eugene Onegin, The Barber of Seville, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Otello, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ramiro in La cenerentola, La clemenza di Tito, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Anoush and Lukas Foss’ Griffelkin

The voice of baritone Anton Belov was described as mellifluous by the New York Times and that of an emerging star by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He earned praise from critics and audiences alike for his portrayals of Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Escamillo (Carmen) and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro).  Dr. Belov performed throughout the country appearing with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Delaware, Connecticut Grand Opera, Opera New Jersey, Anchorage Opera as well as Boston Baroque, Opera Orchestra of New York, The California Symphony, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony.  Mr. Belov is the first-place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, Licia Albanese—Puccini Foundation International Competition, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Region).  As the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Belov has appeared in over forty recitals throughout the United States.  A native of Moscow, Anton Belov holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The New England Conservatory, an Artist’s Diploma and a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University.  He lives near Portland, Oregon where he holds the post of an assistant professor of music at Linfield College.

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.