Boston University College of Fine Arts Announces 2012-13 Keyword Initiative

in CFA, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
August 15th, 2012

CFA Season Programming to Focus on Theme of “Resilience”

Boston, MA – Educating the Citizen Artist is central to Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA)’s mission. Commencing CFA’s Keyword Initiative’s second year and following-up on the 2011-12 Keyword: Violence, the College is proud to invite the BU and global community in a creative discussion and call to action around this year’s annual theme of RESILIENCE.

Resilience is marked by flexibility, elasticity, and vivacity in the face of adversity. “Today, more than ever, the world needs leaders educated with a sense of inspiration, imagination, and vision,” says Benjamín 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.”

From September through May, CFA will present a range of works that explore the buoyancy of the human spirit in times of war, tragedy, hardship, suffering, and oppression – including the longitudinal vitality of Camille in the face of a doomed love affair, a presentation of Vik Muniz’s photographic portraits made from trash and captured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Waste Land, and a BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus concert depicting the tenacious fortitude and patriotism displayed by Americans through wartime and political turmoil.

Through a generous gift from BU alumna Nancy Livingston (COM’69) and her husband, Fred Levin made possible through the Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson, CFA invites members of the community to explore the essence of resilience by attending or hosting activities related to this year’s Keyword performances or exhibits, and welcomes the community’s diverse perspectives on this issue.


Schedule of Events*

Oct 2

Boston University Symphony Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky: Le Chant du Rossignol

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

Oct 5

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Vik Muniz

Oct 6-26

16th Annual Fall Fringe Festival: The Ladies of the Camellias

Featured Productions

Oct 6-7

Le Portrait de Manon

Oct 13-20


Oct 26, 8pm

La Traviata

Oct 18

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Dona Nelson

Oct 24-28

Henry V

Oct 25

Boston University Symphony Orchestra

Yehudi Wyner: Epilogue

Theodore Antoniou: Horn Concerto

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D

Oct 31-Nov 18

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Nov 19

Boston University Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

Edgard Varèse: Hyperprism

Percy Grainger: The Warriors

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Nov 25-Dec 2

Sister Sheila Flynn – Lecture and Workshops

Dec 11-18

Anne Boleyn

Dec 11-18

Buried Child

Jan 24-Apr 18

Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures

Feb 21-24

Owen Wingrave

Feb 22-Mar 2

The Penelopiad

Mar 7

Boston University Symphony Orchestra

Ferrucio Busoni: Berceuse Élégiaque

Savatore Sciarrino: Shadows of Sound

Claude Debussy: La Mer

Mar 9-11

InCite Arts Festival 2013 (New York City)

Mar 26

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Amy Franceschini

Apr 9

BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall

Arrangement by David Hoose: “For Those Who Love within the Veil”

Charles Ives: Decoration Day

Paul Hindemith: Requiem for Those We Love, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”

Apr 18, 6:30pm

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture – Chris Jordan

Apr 18-21

La Clemenza di Tito

Apr 30

BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall

Sangwook Cho, Konstantin Dobroykov, David Hoose, conductors, Concerto Concert

May 1-4

Shining City

May 3-10

The Skin of Our Teeth

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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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