Boston University College of Fine Arts Spring 2013 Season Highlights

in CFA
December 18th, 2012

Boston, MA – The Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is proud to announce the Spring 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 a scathing indictment of South African apartheid told through the eyes of two biracial brothers, a collaboration of cultural and environmental activism through Futurefarmers founder Amy Franceschini, 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 BenjamÍn E. Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Boston University. “By tapping into the diverse perspectives of the 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 continue to celebrate the Spirit of Verdi with its 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 Verdi Recital, renowned guest visits from 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.

SPRING 2013 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures KEYWORD: Resilience Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures
Jan 24-Apr 18, 2013
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.
Blood Knot* KEYWORD: Resilience
Athol Fugard, playwright
Thomas Martin, director
Feb 14-Mar 2, 2013

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 when 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: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Owen Wingrave KEYWORD: Resilience
Benjamin Britten, composer
Myfanwy Piper, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor
Jim Petosa, stage director
Feb 21-24, 2013

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
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: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

The Penelopiad* KEYWORD: Resilience
Margaret Atwood, playwright
Elaine Vaan Hogue, director
Feb 22-Mar 2, 2013

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: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Amy Franceschini
Mar 26, 2013 6:30pm
Morse Auditorium

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.
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

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
Apr 9, 2013
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: www.BostonSymphonyHall.org or 617.262.1200.

MFA Exhibitions

Apr 12-28, 2013
The BU School of Visual Arts the all members of the Boston community 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.

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Chris Jordan KEYWORD: Resilience Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures
Morse Auditorium
Apr 18, 2013 6:30pm

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.
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3349 or visit www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

La Clemenza di Tito KEYWORD: Resilience
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
Caterino Mazzolá after Pietro Metastasio, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor
Daniel Pelzig, stage director
Apr 18-21, 2013

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
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: www.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 www.bu.edu/cfa/ for more information.

The Skin of Our Teeth* KEYWORD: Resilience
Thornton Wilder, playwright
Sidney Friedman, director
May 3-10, 2013

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
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: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Design & Production Exhibition
May 6-10, 2013

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 617-273-1590 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 www.bu.edu/cfa for the most up to date schedules and program information.

VENUES

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

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Wimberly Theatre
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 www.bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts for gallery hours and locations.

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