The Boston University School of Music Orchestral Program, which includes the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, plays a central role in the education of the School’s instrumentalists who aspire to professions as chamber musicians, orchestral musicians, teachers, or a combination of all three. The repertoire of the ensembles reaches wide and deep, embracing vital standard repertoire, compelling if less familiar older works, and music of the 2oth and 21st centuries.
The ensembles are supervised and frequently conducted by Professor David Hoose. Alix Saba and Casey Soward, as well as graduate student personnel managers, assist in administering the organizations. Professor William Lumpkin, Director of the BU Opera Institute, also works with the Chamber Orchestra in two main stage opera productions each year, and Professor Ann Howard Jones, Director of Choral Activities, appears yearly with the Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Symphonic Chorus. They, with faculty coaches and guest conductors, lead the orchestras in more than sixteen concerts each season. Each season, the Symphony Orchestra gives two performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and a concert that features concertos performed by student soloists and student composition is a yearly event. As well, readings and recordings of student composition take place twice each year.
The challenging repertoire and rigorous schedule of the orchestras are designed primarily to serve the professional education and training of the School of Music’s student. However, dedicated avocational musicians from the Boston University student body have also participated as members of the ensembles when there is available space in the ensembles and when the student’s musical qualifications are at a sufficiently advanced level.
Repertoire for the 2013-2014 seasons includes:
Beethoven: Coriolanus Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Catán: Florencia en el Amazonas
Debussy: Nocturnes (I and II)
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
Holst: The Planets
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C
Ravel: Mother Goose
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat, “Spring”
Strauss: Metamorphosen, for 23 Solo Strings
Tower: Made in America
Tower: Violin Concerto, with Peter Zazofsky, violin
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde