Boston University College of Fine Arts 2012-2013 Season Highlights

in CFA
August 8th, 2012

Boston, MA – The Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is proud to announce its 2012-2013 season, featuring concerts, plays, operas, exhibitions, and lectures from CFA’s schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Every year faculty and staff from the College identify a selection of events from each discipline to highlight among the hundreds of performances and visual arts events presented throughout the academic year.

Educating the Citizen Artist is central to CFA’s mission, and this year’s events celebrate this with initiatives and programming. Commencing CFA’s Keyword Initiative’s second year, much of the College’s programming, discussions, and collaborations will revolve around an annual theme, or keyword, and this year the keyword is resilience. The Keyword Initiative is a project funded by Nancy Livingston (COM’69) and her husband, Fred Levin, through the Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson.

From September through May, CFA will present a range of works that explore the buoyancy of the human spirit in times of war, adversity, hardship, suffering, and oppression – including the longitudinal vitality of Camille in the face of a doomed love affair, a presentation of the adventurously tough-minded works of painter Dona Nelson, and a BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus concert depicting the tenacious fortitude and patriotism displayed by Americans through wartime and political turmoil. “Today, more than ever, the world needs leaders educated with a sense of inspiration, imagination, and creativity,” says Benjamin E. Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Boston University. “By tapping into the diverse perspectives of BU and Greater Boston communities, CFA is defining the role of the artist in the 21st century. An artist able to thrive in difficult times – a Citizen Artist, resilient in the face of uncertainty and determined to make the world a better place.”

In addition, CFA will celebrate the Spirit of Verdi with a year-long salute marking the bicentennial birth of the great composer and true “Citizen Artist,” Guiseppe Verdi, with programming, guest artists, and outreach that celebrate Verdi’s musical contributions as well as his socially-conscious endeavors including a performance of La Traviata, renowned guest visits from Philip Gossett, Jane Klaviter, Francisco Araiza, and BU alumnus Donald Palumbo, and music from Bel Canto. Portions of the proceeds from these events will benefit area organizations including the Greater Boston Food Bank.

In addition to this full schedule of events in Boston, students, faculty, and alumni will once again gather in New York in March 2013 for the InCite Arts Festival, an annual presentation of bold and intriguing works that showcase the artistic strengths and synergy of the CFA community.

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SEASON SCHEDULE

Sep 26, 8pm
Yutong Sun: Guest Artist Piano Recital
György Ligeti Etude No. 13 L’escalier du diable
Robert Schumann Symphonic Etude Op. 13
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Tsai Performance Center
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

Oct 5, 6:30 pm
Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Vik Muniz (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Vik Muniz is a multi-media artist who uses whimsical materials such as chocolate syrup, diamonds, and trash. His latest work, “Pictures of Garbage,” a series of photographic portraits made from trash and captured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Waste Land, challenges familiar notions of art.
Morse Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

Oct 6-26
16th Annual Fall Fringe Festival: The Ladies of the Camellias
The ever-popular Fringe Festival, a special collaboration between the School of Music Opera Institute and the School of Theatre, produces new or rarely-performed works bringing performers and audiences together for a unique theatrical experience that explores the CFA Keyword: Resilience Initiative.

Featured Productions

Le Portrait de Manon (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Oct 6-7
Jules Massenet, composer
Georges Bayer, librettist
Allison Voth, music director and pianist
David Gately, guest stage director
A decade after the success of his opera Manon, Jules Massenet returns to the story of the Chevalier Des Grieux and the lost love of his youth, Manon. Now an aging and solitary man, well-versed in the power of love, he refuses to grant his nephew permission to marry, and finds himself at risk of repeating mistakes of the past. Sung in French with English supertitles; performed with piano.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
Tickets now on sale: $7, General Admission. BU community: Two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Camille* (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Oct 13-20
Pam Gems, playwright
Judy Braha, director
A modern translation of Alexandre Dumas’ La Dame aux Camelias, the tale of a doomed love affair between a Parisian courtesan and a country nobleman.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
Tickets now on sale: $7, General Admission. BU community: Two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

La Traviata (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Oct 26, 8pm
Giuseppe Verdi, composer
Francesco Maria Piave, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor
Judy Braha and Nathan Troup, stage directors
A unique presentation featuring extensive portions of Verdi’s opera La Traviata (all scenes except Act II, Scene 1) combined with excerpts from Gems’ play Camille, two works inspired by Dumas’ novel La Dame aux Camelias. Featuring singers, actors, and instrumentalists from the College of Fine Arts School of Music, Opera Institute, School of Theatre, BU Chamber Orchestra, and BU Chamber Chorus. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, and performed with orchestra. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Tickets now on sale: $7, General Admission. BU community: Two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Oct 18, 6:30pm
Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Dona Nelson (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Over the past three decades painter Dona Nelson has reflected an adventurously tough-minded approach to process and a vehement avoidance of anything conventionally ingratiating. Her work presents a solid challenge to the viewer, working often in primary colors and in reference to works by other abstract artists.
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

Oct 31-Nov 18
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds* (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Paul Zindel, playwright
Jim Petosa, director
A portrait of family dysfunction, the story’s shocking climax and poignant conclusion earned Zindel the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
Tickets now on sale: $20 general public, $15 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, and senior citizens; $5 students with BU ID; BU community: two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Nov 19
Boston University Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Orchestra (KEYWORD: Resilience)
David Hoose, conductor
Edgard Varèse: Hyperprism
Percy Grainger: The Warriors (Boston premiere)
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Symphony Hall
Tickets on sale 60 days in advance; $25 general admission. Student Rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. Box Office: http://www.bso.org/ or 617.262.1200.

Dec 11-16
Anne Boleyn* (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Howard Brenton, playwright
Emily Ranii, director
A severed head, a love story, a chest full of secrets, and a conspiracy theory befitting the most infamous of Henry VIII’s wives, this century-hopping play explores the impact Anne Boleyn may have had on religion in England, in particular on King James and his Bible.
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Wimberly Theatre
Tickets now on sale: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students, senior citizens, and groups of 10+; one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Jan 24-Apr 18
Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures (KEYWORD: Resilience, Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures)
Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures is a multi-tiered project that will explore critical issues currently facing the environment and society. The project will encompass a large-scale exhibition in the 808 Gallery (January 24 – March 24), student-driven educational forums or “Field Notes,” a lecture series, class based projects, and community outreach.

Feb 14-Mar 2
Blood Knot* (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Athol Furgard, playwright
Thomas Martin, director
A scathing indictment of South African apartheid told through the eyes of two biracial brothers, whose shared shack in Port Elizabeth becomes the playground for a power struggle, long simmering tensions explode over a woman.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
Tickets now on sale: $20 general public, $15 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, and senior citizens; $5 students with BU ID; BU community: two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Feb 21-24
Owen Wingrave (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Benjamin Britten, composer
Myfanwy Piper, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor
Jim Petosa, stage director
Based on a short story by Henry James, this tale of a young pacifist tormented by the military traditions of his family culminates in unexpected consequences.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Tickets now on sale: $20 general public, $15 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, and senior citizens; $5 students with BU ID; BU community: two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Feb 22-Mar 2
The Penelopiad* (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Margaret Atwood, playwright
Elaine Vaan Hogue, director
Featuring BU School of Theatre Assistant Professor, Christine Hamel, in the title role, this is The Odyssey as told by Penelope. From a 21st century Hades, Odysseus’ ever-faithful wife recalls life in Sparta, her marriage to Odysseus, her clever dismissal of would-be suitors during Odysseus’ long absence, and the bloody aftermath of his return from war.
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Wimberly Theatre
Tickets now on sale: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students, senior citizens, and groups of 10+; one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com  or 617.933.8600.

Mar 9-11
InCite Arts Festival
CFA’S annual festival hits NYC with a fresh selection of bold and intriguing works to capture the dynamic artistic strengths and synergy of the Schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Mar 26
Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Amy Franceschini (KEYWORD: Resilience, Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures)
Amy Franceschini is an interdisciplinary artist and founder of the collective Futurefarmers. Formed in 1995, Futurefarmers brings together multidisciplinary artists to practice cultural activism across a variety of disciplines—from web design and database development to interactive sculptures—to explore a range of environmental and social issues.
Morse Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

Apr 9
BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Ann Howard Jones and David Hoose, conductors
Traditional Hymn: For Those Who Love within the Veil
Arrangement by David Hoose
Charles Ives: Decoration Day
Paul Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love
Symphony Hall
Tickets on sale 60 days in advance; $25 general admission. Student Rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. Box Office: http://www.bso.org/ or 617.262.1200.

Apr 12-28
MFA Exhibitions
The BU School of Visual Arts welcomes art experts and novices alike to experience the work of the next generation of contemporary artists in painting, sculpture, graphic design, and art education.
Opening Reception April 12, 6-8pm
Galleries at Boston University
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

Apr 18
Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Chris Jordan (KEYWORD: Resilience, Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures)
Internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist Chris Jordan explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective behaviors. Jordan’s work asks us to consider our own role in the incomprehensibly complex world we find ourselves part of. Presented in conjunction with Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures.
Morse Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

Apr 18-21
La Clemenza di Tito (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
Caterino Mazzolá after Pietro Metastasio, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor
Daniel Pelzig, stage director
Mozart’s penultimate opera, La Clemenza di Tito is driven by paranoia and manipulation which culminates in a conflicted ruler’s struggle to discover the greater power of mercy over revenge. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Tickets now on sale: $20 general public, $15 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, and senior citizens; $5 students with BU ID; BU community: two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

May 3-10
MFA Exhibitions
The BU School of Visual Arts welcomes art experts and novices alike to experience the work of the next generation of contemporary artists in painting, sculpture, graphic design, and art education.
Opening Reception May 3, 6-8pm
Galleries at Boston University
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/for more information.

May 3-10
The Skin of Our Teeth* (KEYWORD: Resilience)
Thornton Wilder, playwright
Sid Friedman, director
A celebration of humanity’s inventiveness and endurance, this satiric and comedic fable, and Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, follows the Antrobus through a non-linear journey spanning centuries of war, plague, and even an ice age.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Tickets now on sale: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students, senior citizens, and groups of 10+; one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

May 6
Design & Production Exhibit
Tour the work of both undergraduate and graduate Design, Production, and Management students. See how stage managers and technical directors collaborate to realize a design team’s vision.
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 for information.

R = Keyword: Resilience

S = Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures event

* = Production included in School of Theatre subscription package

All artists and programs are subject to change; please visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/ for the most up to date schedules and program information.

VENUES

Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Mainstage
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210
Getting There:
T Green Line, E line, Symphony stop
T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
539 Tremont Street
Getting There:
T Green Line, Copley stop
T Orange Line, Back Bay stop

College of Fine Arts Concert Hall
855 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, B line, BU West stop

Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Stop Green Line, B line, Blandford Street stop

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, E line, Symphony stop
T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, B line, BU East stop

All Art Galleries at Boston University
Visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts/ for gallery hours and locations.
INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY

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. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. 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. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
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