BU Hosts American Premiere of Theodore Antoniou’s Concerto for Violin and Strings
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(Boston, Mass.) — Conductor Lukas Foss will lead the Boston University Symphony Orchestra in the American premiere of Concerto for Violin and Strings, composed by Theodore Antoniou, professor of music at BU’s College of Fine Arts. The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 12, in the Tsai Performance Center.
Antoniou’s concerto will feature Yuri Mazurkevich, BU professor of music, as soloist. The program also includes the world premiere of Ronald Vigue’s Portrait Palpitations for Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor.
Antoniou, founder of the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music in Athens, is an enormously prolific composer. According to the Boston Globe’s Richard Dyer, “There is nothing conventional about Antoniou’s powers of invention or about his orchestration, which often brings the soloist into small chamber-music conversations with members of the ensemble.”
Before joining BU, Antoniou taught composition and orchestration at such renowned universities and schools as Stanford University, University of Utah, Philadelphia Academy of Music, and Tanglewood. He received the Music Award from the Greek Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997, and the 1998 Music Award from the Hellenic Union of Music. His awards for outstanding composition include the Richard Strauss of the City of Munich Award, the City of Stuttgart Prize, and the Steghi Grammaton Prize.
Although the concert is free, tickets from the Tsai Performance Center box office are required. For further information, call 617/353-8724 or visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa
For well over a century, some of the most promising musicians in the country have studied at BU’s College of Fine Arts, and have gone on to prominent careers as performers, composers, educators, and historians. With a faculty of renown, the School counts performers of international stature, more than two dozen of whom are current or former members Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 500 music students enrolled at the College of Fine Arts are part of a vibrant and diverse community of artists. In addition to music, the School is home to nationally recognized programs in theatre arts and visual arts.