Boston University College of Fine Arts Remembers Boston Marathon at Symphony Hall

in CFA, Music, Visual Arts
March 18th, 2014

One year later, BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus dedicate concert to victim LU Lingzi; Healing Boston Arts Reception and commemorating visual arts exhibition
celebrate the spirit of determination that unites Boston — April 7

Boston, MA – On Monday, April 7, at Boston’s Symphony Hall, the College of Fine Arts at Boston University will pay tribute to the victims and first responders of the tragic violence of last year’s Boston Marathon, while recognizing the remarkable efforts to heal the city through art.

Boston Healing Arts Reception and Concert at Symphony Hall

Performed by Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus
Conducted by Ann Howard Jones
With Soloist Christopher Hutchinson

Date and Time: Monday, April 7, 8pm
Healing Boston Arts Reception: 6pm
Featuring an exhibition of “Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston,” curated by Taylor Mortell. Kindly RSVP to Brooke MacKinnon, brookelm@bu.edu or 617-353-3349.
Concert Program: Hector Berlioz, Grande Messe des Mortes, Op. 5
Location: Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston)
Tickets: $25 General Admission; Student Rush: $10, available at the door, day of performance; One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, 10am–6pm
Box Office: bso.org or 617-262-1200
Live Webcast: The concert will be webcast live on the School of Music website and will be rebroadcast on the School of Music’s Virtual Concert Hall: bu.edu/cfa/music/virtual-concert-hall.

Among those lost that day was LU Lingzi (GRS ’14), a BU graduate student. Though pursuing a statistics degree, LU also studied piano at CFA because music brought her joy. The Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus are dedicating the annual spring concert in LU Lingzi’s memory.

“Music was part of her identity, just as LU was part of ours,” explains Benjamín Juárez, Dean of Boston University College of Fine Arts.

On this special evening, the College will host the Healing Boston Arts Reception, honoring the many ties the University has to the tragedy that occurred in Boston last April, applauding the remarkable efforts to heal the city, and celebrating the spirit of determination that unites Boston. The Healing Boston Arts Reception will feature an exhibition of Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston, curated by Taylor Mortell (CFA ’16), celebrating Taylor’s efforts as well as the many efforts in the BU community to heal the city.

“Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston is a greater Boston community art project originally created in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy,” says Taylor Mortell (CFA ’16), who curated the exhibition. “Since then, Still Running has grown into an ongoing series of free community art making events called ‘Art Marathons,’ where all are invited to come experience something new and create art with others to celebrate the city of Boston. The artwork created at our events and donated to Still Running first goes into a series of community art exhibitions in and around the city, and is later given to local hospitals and police stations as a way to give back to local law enforcement and show our appreciation.”

“It has been an incredible learning experience working on Still Running for the last year,” continues Mortell. “We had to learn how to become teaching artists, negotiators, curators, managing directors, and leaders as the project made demands for it. At the beginning, Luca de Gaetano, who co-created the project, and I had no idea what was possible or what we might be able to accomplish with this, and I think the reach it has had has far surpassed anything we could have imagined. We are very lucky.”

“We’ve heard it said that the arts community comes together during times of tragedy,” says Benjamín Juárez, Dean of Boston University College of Fine Arts. “In the days immediately following the Boston Marathon, I witnessed this first-hand. I am proud to honor the great work of our community in healing the city at this memorable event for Boston University and the city of Boston.”

Conducted by Ann Howard Jones, the BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus will perform Hector Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Mortes, Op. 5, a piece known for its complex, large-scale, and often grandiose instrumentations and its ties to Boston’s Symphony Hall. Recorded notably in Boston’s Symphony Hall in 1959, Berlioz’s Requiem is scored for a very large orchestra with offstage brass sections and choral groups placed throughout the venue.\

“Very often art and expression is inspired by what is happening in our world,” says Juárez. “Just as Berlioz was inspired by his world to create this masterpiece, the art created through Taylor’s Still Running project is an expression of the feelings and emotions of those touched by what happened a year ago in Boston. Art is that conduit.”