From Folk Tunes to Opera: Transforming Source Materials for the Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia (BU Alumni Association Event)

2:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2013
Kenmore Conference Room, 9th Floor, School of Management Building, 595 Commonwealth Avenue

In what ways can folk music influence art music? Join the BU Alumni Association for a special afternoon tea with composer Ketty Nez, who will discuss her use of Balkan folk songs and folk stories in her recent opera. She will show excerpts from the staged premiere, performed by Juventas Ensemble in 2012. Price: $10, includes coffee, tea and treats.

Ketty Nez, composer/pianist, is Assistant Professor of Music, Composition and Theory in the College of Fine Arts. Her ethnographic chamber opera, The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia, was premiered April 2011 by Xanthos Ensemble. Her portrait CD, Listen to a Wonder Never Heard Before!, was released in 2010 by Albany Records, and her piano concerto, thresholds, performed with the Boston University Wind Ensemble, was released by Ravello Records in July 2013. Nez's music has been performed at festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Arts, Culture, and Ideas, a discussion series that gives alumni an opportunity for discussion with Boston University faculty members, is brought to you by the Boston University Alumni Association and the Boston University Humanities Foundation.