Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) to perform Verdi’s Rigoletto (BU Today)
“The College of Fine Arts celebrates BU’s long-standing relationship with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras”
-Dean Benjamín Juárez
The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras is kicking off the bicentennial of the birth of composer Giuseppe Verdi with a semi-staged performance of his operatic masterpiece Rigoletto, a tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge based on a play by Victor Hugo. The opera takes its name from the hunchbacked court jester at the center of the drama, one of classical opera’s most poignant roles. The BYSO has made its home at BU’s College of Fine Arts since it was founded 55 years ago.
“The College of Fine Arts celebrates BU’s long-standing relationship with the Boston Youth Symphony Orcestras,” says Benjamin Juarez, dean of CFA. A youth orchestra was the inspiration of Robert Choate, former dean of CFA, in 1958. Today the BYSO is well known to musicians who venture into the CFA building on Sundays, when the halls and older practice rooms come alive with the melodic bustle of the ensembles and full orchestras that bring together nearly 500 students age 6 to 18. “It’s very nice that BU lets us do that,” says (Musical Director) Federico Cortese, who describes these Sundays as overflowing with children, mentors, and parent and student volunteers.