Boston University College of Fine Arts Preview of 2014–2015 Season Highlights

in Alumni, BUAG, CFA, Music, Opera, Theatre, Visual Arts
August 28th, 2014

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is proud to announce its 2014–2015 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 through the academic year.

At CFA, faculty and staff are as concerned with the process as they are with the performance or finished piece, and this year’s events celebrate this with initiatives and programming. Commencing CFA’s Keyword Initiative’s fourth year, much of the College’s programming, discussions, and collaborations will revolve around an annual theme, or keyword, and this year, the keyword is intersect. 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.

Since 1954, the CFA community has experienced milestones in history, technological innovation, and enormous social change. In marking its 60th Anniversary, the College will present a range of works that will energize the creative discussion around the 2014–2015 Keyword: Intersect, focusing on how art, academia, and society cross and divide — including an operatic exploration into the lives of the characters depicted in five Edward Hopper paintings in Later the Same Evening, a historical comedy set in the 1880s about marriage, love, and electricity in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, and Convergence, the School of Visual Arts’ first large-scale alumni exhibition showcasing alumni working in a variety of media and at all stages of career.

Click here to download the 2014/2015 Season Brochure

“Evolution is not always easy; but these moments of synergy and tension are the wellspring of artistic creation and academic achievement,” said Benjamín Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Boston University. “As we explore how the arts reconcile traditions of the past with an ever-evolving present, we welcome you to join CFA in this investigation into time and space, this reflection on history, and this contemplation of the future.”

SEASON SCHEDULE

Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows (Sep 5 – Oct 19)

The exhibition features over 100 of the internationally renowned photographer’s most recent works. Hido’s work is cinematic in scope, and offers a darkly dramatic glimpse into a world that reflects both the alienation and dislocation of suburban America and the inspiration of noir film and literature. A major new monograph published by Nazraeli Press accompanies the exhibition.
Opening Reception Thursday, September 4, 6–8pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3329 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

Muir String Quartet (Oct 6)

In Residence at Boston University
Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, Italian Letters
Tsai Performance Center
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-8725 or visit bu.edu/tsai for more information.

18th Annual Fringe Festival (Oct 8–26)

Featured Productions

The Whitmores * || NPI
Oct 8–11
Ben Ducoff, playwright | Michael Hammond, director
An awkward dinner party descends into madness when the hosts attempt to convince the help to murder their guests.

Later the Same Evening * ||
Oct 18–19
John Musto, composer | Mark Campbell, librettist
Allison Voth, music director | Jason King Jones, stage director
Inspired by five Edward Hopper paintings: Room in New York, Hotel Window, Hotel Room, Two on the Aisle, and Automat, the opera explores the lives of the characters depicted in each painting while simultaneously interweaving them over the course of one evening in New York City.

La Tragédie de Carmen * ||
Oct 25–26
Peter Brook, composer
William Lumpkin, conductor | Jim Petosa, stage director
Adapted from Georges Bizet’s opera by Marius Constant, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Peter Brook, the opera is the story of a doomed romance between a sensuous gypsy, and Don Jose, a Spanish soldier whom she lures into her world. A 14-piece on-stage chamber orchestra will accompany the opera. Sung in French with English supertitles.

BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
$7 general admission; $3.50 CFA Membership; one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bu.edu/cfa/fringe or 617-933-8600.

Convergence: School of Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition

(Oct 24 – Dec 14) 60th ||
The School of Visual Arts presents its first large-scale alumni exhibition showcasing alumni working in a variety of media and at all stages of career. Guest curated by New York-based artist Andrea Champlin.
Opening Reception Friday, October 24, 6–8pm
808 Gallery
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

A Celebration of Marc Johnson

(Nov 3)
A tribute to Marc Johnson, beloved cello faculty member, featuring performances by the Muir String Quartet, the String faculty of BU School of Music, and alumni.
CFA Concert Hall
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-8790 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

Craft and Modernity: Professional Women Artists in Boston

(Nov 7 – Dec 21) ||
This exhibition considers craft across media and documents women’s contributions to artistic thought that have been minimized in the art historical discourse. Organized by Boston University Adelson Fellow Caroline Riley.
Opening Reception Thursday, November 6, 6–8pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3329 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

BCAP Presents An Evening of One Acts

(Nov 12–23) * BCAP
BCAP presents this evening of one-acts from two of the most celebrated playwrights of the 20th century. Directed by Clay Hopper.

Krapp’s Last Tape
Samuel Beckett, playwright | Featuring Sidney Friedman

The Dumb Waiter
Harold Pinter, playwright | Featuring Michael Hammond

BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
$20 general admission; $15 seniors, students, and groups (10+); $10 CFA Membership; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bu.edu/cfa/bcap or 617-933-8600

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Josephine Halvorson

(Nov 17) ||
Josephine Halvorson creates intimate paintings of objects from everyday life, seen close-up. Her subtle, muted images of doorframes, gravestones, blackboards, stoves, and industrial machinery carry a surprising human softness, as details and imperfections reveal themselves through the process of slow looking to address history, perception, and our relationship to the built environment.
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall

(Nov 24) *||
Benjamin Britten: War Requiem
David Hoose, conductor, BU Symphony Orchestra
Ann Howard Jones, conductor, BU Symphonic Chorus
Featuring Anthony Trecek-King, artistic director, Boston Children’s Chorus
Symphony Hall
Tickets on sale 60 days in advance; $25 general admission; $12.50 CFA Membership; Student rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am–6pm. Box Office: bso.org or 617-262-1200.

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play

(Dec 10–14) *||
Sara Ruhl, playwright | Adrienne Boris, director
A comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the electricity, and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat “hysterical” women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how this new therapy affects their entire household.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
$12 general admission; $6 CFA Membership; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bostontheatrescene.com or 617-933-8600.

The Human Comedy

(Dec 12–18) *||
Books and Lyrics by William Dumaresq
Music by Galt MacDermot | Jim Petosa, director
With music by MacDermot (Hair) and based on William Saroyan’s novel, this musical is a pop folk opera and coming-of-age tale about small-town life in World War II era California. Sponsored in part through the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comely Musical Theatre Fund and dedicated to the memory of Boston University’s former first lady, Jasmine Chobanian.
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Wimberly Theatre
$12 general admission; $6 CFA Membership; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bostontheatrescene.com or 617-933-8600.

Muir String Quartet

(Jan 23)
In Residence at Boston University
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor
Tsai Performance Center
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-8725 or visit bu.edu/tsai for more information.

School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

(Jan 29 – Mar 29) ||
Presenting the work of over thirty artists who currently teach at the University, this exhibition features a wide range of visual practices, spanning genres and media, from realism to abstract, two to three dimensions, and small to large scale.
Opening Reception Thursday, January 29, 6–8pm
808 Gallery
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

Dignity: Tribes in Transition

(Jan 30 – Mar 29) ||
A collection of iconic black and white portraits by Los Angeles-based photographer, Dana Gluckstein, focusing on cultures on the cusp of modernization and decimation as a consequence of discriminatory policies and economic exploitation.
Opening Reception Thursday, January 29, 6–8pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3329 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Stefan Sagmeister

(Feb 12) ||
The New York-based graphic designer’s bold style and careful sense of craft expands to photography, video, bookmaking, murals, installation, and more. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, and Aerosmith.
Morse Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

Uncle Jack

(Feb 12 – Mar 1) * || BCAP NPI
Michael Hammond, playwright
In this modern-day retelling of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Uncle Jack, his niece Sonya, and his British brother-in-law Derek struggle to save their small summer theatre company in the Berkshires. Jack fires a keepsake pistol, Derek runs for cover, and hearts are broken. Co-produced by BCAP and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
$30 general admission; $25 seniors and groups (10+); $15 CFA Membership; $10 students; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bu.edu/cfa/bcap or 617-933-8600

Angels in America

(Feb 19–22) * ||
Peter Eötvös, composer | Mari Mezei, librettist
Based on the play by Tony Kushner
William Lumpkin, conductor | Jim Petosa, stage director
This opera tells the story of everyday human experience: relationships, love, loss, cowardice, and courage, set during the early stages of the AIDS pandemic in 1980’s New York City. Sung in English with supertitles.
Boston University Theatre
$20 general public; $15 BU Alumni, WGBH and WBUR Members, Huntington Theatre subscribers, and senior citizens; $10 CFA Membership; $5 students with ID, two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bostontheatrescene.com or 617-933-8600.

Wit (Feb 20–28)

* || BCAP
Margaret Edson, playwright | Sidney Friedman, director
Featuring Judy Braha, Mark Cohen, and Paula Langton
Vivian Bearing, respected professor of English, has built a career studying the metaphysical sonnets of John Dunne. Diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, Bearing’s stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy trial pushes her to reassess her life and work with profundity and humor. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Roberts Theatre
$20 general admission; $15 seniors, students, and groups (10+); $10 CFA Membership; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bu.edu/cfa/bcap or 617-933-8600

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Mickalene Thomas in Conversation with Anna Stothart

(Mar 16) ||
New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas in conversation with Anna Stothart, assistant curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Thomas’ portraits of black women and studies of interiors embrace cultural and spatial fragmentation, creating a kaleidoscopic vision that recasts traditional notions of beauty, gender, race, and representation.
Morse Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 or visit bu.edu/cfa for more information.

Muir String Quartet

(Mar 30)
In Residence at Boston University
Antonín Dvořák: Cypresses, B. 11
Samuel Barber: Dovwer Beach
James Demler, baritone
Bedřidch Smetana: String Quartet No. 1
Tsai Performance Center
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-8725 or visit bu.edu/tsai for more information.

BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall

(Apr 7) *
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
David Hoose, conductor, BU Symphony Orchestra
Ann Howard Jones, conductor, BU Symphonic Chorus
Symphony Hall
Tickets on sale 60 days in advance; $25 general admission; $12.50 CFA Membership; Student rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am–6pm. Box Office: bso.org or 617-262-1200.

Cendrillon

(Apr 16–19) * ||
Jules Massenet, composer | Henri Caïn, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor | E. Loren Meeker, stage director
Massenet’s ethereal opera carries the audience into a dreamlike world of enchantment in this well-known fairy tale about a young girl wronged and her ultimate redemption through her discovery of true love. Sung in French with English supertitles.
Boston University Theatre
$20 general public; $15 BU Alumni, WGBH and WBUR Members, Huntington Theatre subscribers, and senior citizens; $10 CFA Membership; $5 students with ID, two free tickets with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bostontheatrescene.com or 617-933-8600.

The Cripple of Inishmaan

(Apr 29 – May 3) *||
Martin McDonagh, playwright | Thomas Martin, director
A dark comedy in the great tradition of Irish storytelling set on a remote Irish island in 1934. As word arrives on Inishmaan that a Hollywood director is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
$12 general admission; $6 CFA Membership; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. Box Office: bostontheatrescene.com or 617-933-8600.

* = CFA Membership includes half-price tickets to these events
|| = a KEYWORD: Intersect event
60th = 60th Anniversary Celebration
BCAP = Boston Center for American Performance
NPI = New Play Initiative

All artists and programs are subject to change. Please visit bu.edu/cfa for the most up to date schedules and program information.

VENUES

The Art Galleries at Boston University
Visit bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts for gallery hours.
• Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery | 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
• 808 Gallery | 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, B line, BU West stop
BU Bus Stop M2 or C7

Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
• BU Theatre
• Steward F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, E line, Symphony stop | Orange Line, Mass Ave stop
BU Bus Stop M6 or C2

Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street, Boston
• Wimberly Theatre
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, Copley stop | Orange Line, Back Bay stop |
Silver Line, SL4 or SL5 stop
BU Bus Stop M6 or C2
College of Fine Arts at Boston University
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
• CFA Concert Hall
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, B line, BU West stop
BU Bus Stop M2 or C7

Jacob Sleeper Auditorium
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, B Line, BU West stop
BU Bus Stop M2 or C7

Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, B Line, Blandford St stop
BU Bus Stop M4 or C5

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, E line, Symphony stop | Orange Line, Mass Ave stop
BU Bus Stop M6 or C2

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GETTING THERE T Stop Green Line, B Line, BU Central stop
BU Bus Stop M2 or C7