#myCFA First Year Experience
The #myCFA First Year Experience involves four components:
1. A social component that continues to help facilitate collaboration among the three schools at the College of Fine Arts
2. A faculty and staff component that exposes students to art forms outside of their area of study and gives students an opportunity to meet faculty and administration.
3. A networking component which highlights the pertinent work that CFA does within the Boston area and gives tips on how to become more involved in the community.
The goal of this initiative is to help our first-year undergraduate students to form supportive relationships among themselves and faculty, and to expose them to art forms outside their main area of study. In the fall semester, every freshman will attend one arts event in Boston accompanied by a CFA faculty member and a small group of other students. By offering this at the onset of their university experience, our hope is that this initiative will strengthen relationships among music, theatre, and visual arts students, as well as with their faculty mentors.
CFA faculty and staff members are invited to participate in this initiative by volunteering time this fall semester to lead a small group of freshmen to an artistic activity at CFA or in the Greater Boston area. Faculty members will have the opportunity to plan a social gathering before or after the event so participants can reflect on their experience together.
Planned Events for First Year Students
Monday, September 2nd #myCFA Scavenger Hunt and BBQ
Scavenger Hunt begins at 11 am (CFA 1st floor lobby) BBQ begins at 12:30 pm
Friday, September 6th I SCREAM for CFA, CFA Ice Cream Social
Commonwealth Gallery, 1st floor of CFA, 4-6 pm
Wednesday, September 11th First Year Welcome Breakfast with the Dean
Room 500, 8 – 10 am
September 22nd CFA on the Charles- MUST HAVE TICKET FOR THIS EVENT! You may pick up a ticket at the CFA Dean’s Office, Room 230. FREE but limited seats available!
Meeting at CFA at 1:00 pm and walking to BU Auxiliary Dock
Boat boards at 1:45 pm; Cruise is 2-4 pm, rain or shine
Boston Arts Scene 101 Events:
The goal of this initiative is to help first-year undergraduate students develop relationships among other students, faculty, and staff, and to expose you to new art forms in the Boston area. You will be required to attend one arts event in Boston accompanied by a CFA faculty or staff member and a small group of fellow CFA students. You are welcome to attend any event of your choice, regardless of whether it directly correlates to your major or not. However, we highly recommend that you choose an event outside of your area of study in order to broaden your horizons and to meet new faculty and students. To sign up for an event, visit Julie Hall at the Dean’s Office in Room 230.
Monday, September 16th Gila Goldstein’s Piano Recital
Performing pieces by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Ben-Haim.
Host: Martin Amlin firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where to Meet: Meet in Rm 154 or 156 at 7 pm; Recital starts at 8 pm in the CFA Concert Hall
Thursday, September 26th Lectures in Criticism
Rubén Gallo will deliver the lecture entitled “Sigmund Freud and Octavio Paz: Orientalism and Eroticisim.” Rubén Gallo, an award-winning writer and scholar, is the author of Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (2010), a study of Freud’s fantasies about Mexico, among many other books. He is currently at work on a new book, Marcel Proust’s Latin Americans. He is a member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna and in 2009 he was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Psychoanalysis in Austria. He teaches at Princeton University.
Octavio Paz, Mexican Nobel Prize winner, was not only one of the most relevant poets of the 20th century, but also an arts enthusiast who wrote prolifically about theater, visual arts and film. Dean Juárez had the rare opportunity of interacting with him when he was 17. Mr. Paz had just returned from being Mexico’s Ambassador in India, a position he relinquished to protest the bloody governmental repression of the 1968 student movement.
Host: Dean Benjamín Juárez
When/Where to Meet: 5 pm in the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street (across from Commonwealth Avenue from Marsh Plaza)
Saturday, September 28th Da Capo, a concert by [soundicon]
Featuring works by Olga Neuwirth, Giulio Castagnoli, Luca Francesconi and the winner of the Boston University Center for New Music / [sound icon] composition competition.
Host: Richard Cornell email@example.com
When/Where to Meet: 7:00pm preliminary discussion in School of Music Director’s Office (2nd floor, CFA) Concert at 8, after concert event optional.
Materials to Review Beforehand: [soundicon] website: http://www.soundicon.org; Center for New Music site: http://www.bu.edu/cfa/music/research/boston-university-center-for-new-music/; NewMusicBox site: http://www.newmusicbox.org/
Wednesday, October 2nd Dress Rehearsal of Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Final rehearsal before opening night of a newly conceived retelling of The Magic Flute.
Host: Mark Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where to Meet: Meet grad student at CFA at 6 pm; then meet Mark at the Shubert Theatre a little before 7 pm for discussion
Materials to Review Beforehand: Spotify: Mozart’s Magic Flute; http://mrwolfgangamadeusmozart.blogspot.com/2010/07/die-zauberflote-libretto-english.html
Thursday, October 3rd Jam Session at BU Central
Come discuss the nature of jazz jam sessions to better understand the performance conventions with friends and refreshments, and then watch a live performance at the GSU! As part of the outing, we will go for pizza beforehand, and meet briefly afterwards to discuss the experience. We hope to make it a social as well as musical experience.
Host: Roger Mantie email@example.com and Andrew Goodrich firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where to Meet: Meet at 7:30 pm in room 209 and 211 at CFA (2nd floor).
Friday, October 4th SoWa Gallery Tour
Join this group on a tour of Boston’s South End galleries (SoWa) for First Friday, a once a month night of exhibition openings.
Host: Jen Guillemin email@example.com
When/Where to Meet: Meet at 5 pm in the Visual Arts Libary (5th floor)
Wednesday, October 9th Rembrandt & Hippie Chic at the MFA
Meet to see Rembrandts in person, and also visit the the Hippie Chic exhibition where Director of the School of Visual Arts Lynne Allen has first- hand knowledge! Discuss over coffee and treats in the Museum café afterward.
Host: Lynne Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where to Meet: Meet at CFA at 5:30 pm, go to the Museum of Fine Arts and be back by 8 pm
Sunday, October 13th Steven Dietz’s World Premeire production of RANCHO MIRAGE
The performance will be followed by a symposium which will feature Mr. Dietz and a WGBH interviewer talking about the play, his body of work, and the challenges of contemporary playwriting.
Host: Jim Petosa
When/Where to Meet: 2:30 pm at the New Repertory Theatre, 200 Dexter Ave Watertown, MA 02472. Take the 57 bus toward Watertown/Brighton to the Watertown Yard stop; walk to Main St @ Cross St, & take 70A bus toward Central Square, Cambridge. Get off at the Arsenal Street stop. New Rep is a 2 minute walk from there.
Sunday, October 20th “Splendor” by SOT faculty Kirsten Greenidge, Dramaturged by SOT faculty Ilana Brownstein, with Set Design by SOT faculty Cristina Todesco”
Attend this world premiereproduction — the newest play by OBIE Award-winning playwright Kirsten Greendige
– and participate in a post-show conversation with Kirsten & Ilana.
Host: Ilana Brownstein email@example.com
When/Where to Meet: 1:30p at the Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont St). Take the Green Line to Copley, then walk down Clarendon St to Tremont. The Theatre is on your left, between The Beehive restaurant and the Calderwood Pavilion. Allow 40 minutes for travel from the CFA.
Materials to Review Beforehand: Follow along with the rehearsal process on our production blog: splendorc1.wordpress.com
Friday, October 25th George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blues” and “American in Paris”
The School of Music and Boaz Sharon will present works by George Gershwin such as “Rhapsody in Blues” and his arrangement of “American in Paris” from the orchestral score. George Gershwin is a giant of American music, considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best American composer and whose influence and inspiration are felt strongly until our very present.
Host: Boaz Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where to Meet: 4 pm in Room 409 at CFA
Materials to Review Beforehand: Wikipedia on George Gershwin; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gershwin & you may watch the Youtube performances of American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Piano 3 Preludes.
Wednesday, October 30th Art Scene Halloween! Night of the Living Dead at the Brattle Theatre
The night before Halloween, check out George Romero’s classic horror film, with an alternate live musical soundtrack provided by the Andrew Alden Ensemble! We’ll get pizza and take a brief tour of the square before the movie!
Host: Emily Wade email@example.com
When/Where to Meet: Meet at 6 pm at Harvard Square T Station; show starts at 7:30 pm!
Materials to Review Beforehand: ZOMBIES! An Illustrated History of the Undead (optional)
Sunday, November 3rd Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “a vision so composed”
One of Boston’s leading chamber music ensembles in a program of musical portraits that offer glimpses into worlds of memory and invention, fairy tales and fantasy.
Host: Shiela Kibbe firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where to Meet: Meet at 2:45 pm at the front door of the CFA building
Materials to Review Beforehand: http://chameleonarts.org/concerts/november.html