David Hoose, Julian Wachner, Ann Howard Jones, Frank Battisti, and Lan Shui to Conduct BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artists

Contact: Judith Sandler, 617-353-8783 | jusandle@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University faculty members David Hoose, Julian Wachner, and Ann Howard Jones, along with guest artist Frank Battisti and alumus Lan Shui, will lead the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists in concert this summer. The performances will be held in Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood grounds in the Berkshire town of Lenox, Massachusetts beginning July 15.

Run by the Boston University School for the Arts for more than thirty years, the Tanglewood Institute is one of the country’s finest summer music programs, training over three hundred exceptionally gifted high school students each year.

School for the Arts alumnus Lan Shui will conduct the first Young Artists Orchestra concert on Saturday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m., in a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, and Chen Yi’s Momentum. Music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 1997, Shui has served as conductor of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and principal cover conductor of the New York Philharmonic. He has also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

This summer, celebrated wind ensemble conductor Frank Battisti has joined the BUTI faculty to teach and direct the newly established BUTI Young Artists Wind Ensemble. His first concert with the Young Artists Wind Ensemble, on Sunday, July 16, at 6 p.m., will include Sweelinck’s Ballo del Gran Duca, Holst’s Suite No. 1 in E-flat, Milhaud’s Suite Français, Gordon Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles, Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy and the overture to Bernstein’s Candide. His second program will be on Thursday, July 27, at 3 p.m.

One of the pivotal figures in the development of the wind ensemble, Battisti has written articles on the wind ensemble, music education, and wind literature for national and international journals. He is also the author of The Twentieth Century American Wind Band/Ensemble and co-author of Score Study. He has led professional, university and school wind bands/ensembles in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Asia, and Australia, and has conducted the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble for the past 30 years. Founder and conductor emeritus of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, Battisti has commissioned and conducted the premiere performances of more than 50 works.

David Hoose will lead the Orchestra’s second concert on Saturday, July 29, at 2:30, in Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, and the score from the movie On the Waterfront composed by Leonard Bernstein. Conductor of the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Conducting Department, Hoose is also music director of the Cantata Singers and Ensemble, Collage New Music, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Handel & Haydn Society, and the June Opera Festival of New Jersey.

Ann Howard Jones will lead the BUTI Young Artists Chorus on Sunday, July 30, at 6 p.m., in Bach’s Cantata No. 4; Charles Fussell’s From a Pioneer Songbook; Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine; Stomp Your Foot and Promise of Living from Copland’s “The Tender Land”; and two choruses from Verdi’s Nabucco.

Professor and director of choral activities at Boston University, Jones is also assistant conductor for choruses with the Atlanta Symphony, where she assists Yoel Levi and Jere Flint and worked closely with the late Robert Shaw. Jones is active as guest conductor and clinician, leading choruses and workshops in Europe, North America, South America, South Korea, and Australia. She has taught previously at the University of Illinois, Emory University, Wittenberg University, and the University of Iowa.

Concluding the series of performances, Boston University faculty member Julian Wachner leads the final BUTI Young Artists Orchestra concert on Saturday, August 12, at 2:30pm, in a performance of Schoenberg’s Survivor from Warsaw and Holst’s The Planets. Professor of Sacred Music at the School of Theology and music director of the Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Julian Wachner is also the music director of The Back Bay Chorale, artistic director of the Providence Singers, and founding music director of the Boston Bach Ensemble. He has guest conducted the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Brown and Boston University orchestras, ALEA III, and has previously directed the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra. Also a prolific composer and active concert organist, Wachner earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and orchestral conducting from Boston University’s School for the Arts.

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute programs, which run from June 18 to August 12, include five Young Artists Programs (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Voice, Piano, and Composition), nine Institute Workshops (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Double Bass, Percussion, and String Quartet), and one Institute Seminar (Harp). These young artists receive intensive one-on-one training, attend classes and coachings, and rehearse and perform under the direction of a wide range of renowned coaches and conductors, including SFA faculty members and BSO members; students also attend master classes with such outstanding artists as Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, James Galway, Phyllis Curtin, Simon Rattle, Ned Rorem, and Emmanuel Ax. Tickets for each BUTI Young Artists event are available for $10 for the general public and free to Friends of Tanglewood. All orchestral and choral performances take place in Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, West Street, Lenox, Massachusetts. For further information call 413/637-1430. – 30 – BUTI Concert Schedule

PERFORMERS: BUTI Young Artists Orchestra, Lan Shui, conductor
DATE & TIME: July 15, 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Seiji Ozawa Hall
PROGRAM: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams; Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1; Chen Yi: Momentum
ADMISSION: $10 and free to the Friends of TanglewoodPERFORMERS: BUTI Young Artists Wind Ensemble, Frank Battisti, conductor
DATE & TIME: July 16, 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Seiji Ozawa Hall
PROGRAM: Sweelinck: Ballo del Gran Duca; Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-flat;
Milhaud: Suite Français; Bernstein: Overture to Candide; Benson: Solitary Dancer; Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles; Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy; Filmore: Honor March
ADMISSION: $10 and free to the Friends of TanglewoodPERFORMERS: BUTI Young Artists Wind Ensemble, Frank Battisti, conductor
DATE & TIME: July 27, 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: Seiji Ozawa Hall
ADMISSION: $10 and free to the Friends of Tanglewood PERFORMERS: BUTI Young Artists Orchestra, David Hoose, conductor
DATE & TIME: July 29, 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Seiji Ozawa Hall
PROGRAM: Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Sibelius: Symphony No. 2; Bernstein: On the Waterfront
ADMISSION: $10 and free to the Friends of TanglewoodPROGRAM: BUTI Young Artists Chorus, Ann Howard Jones, conductor
DATE & TIME: July 30, 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Seiji Ozawa Hall
PROGRAM: Bach: Cantata No. 4; Charles Fussell: From a Pioneer Songbook; Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine; Copland: “Stomp Your Foot” and “Promise of Living” from The Tender Land; Verdi: Two Choruses from Nabucco
ADMISSION: $10 and free to the Friends of TanglewoodPROGRAM: BUTI Young Artists Orchestra, Julian Wachner, conductor
DATE & TIME: August 12, 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Seiji Ozawa Hall
PROGRAM: Schoenberg: Survivor from Warsaw; Holst: The Planets
ADMISSION: $10 and free to the Friends of Tanglewood