World Renowned Period-instrument Ensemble Boston Baroque Becomes Resident Ensemble for Boston University Historical Performance Program

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
March 18th, 2002

Contact: Elly Muller, 617/353-7293 | esmuller@bu.edu

Boston, MA — Boston University College of Fine Arts and Boston Baroque, America’s leading Baroque orchestra and chorus, announced today an important new collaboration. Boston Baroque will become a resident professional ensemble in support of BU’s historical performance program.

The College of Fine Arts also announced that Boston Baroque’s founding Music Director Martin Pearlman has been appointed Professor of Music and Director of Historical Performance Activities at the College of Fine Arts’ School of Music.

“This dual announcement comes at a wonderful moment in the history of the College of Fine Arts as the School of Music looks to significantly increase its commitment to its historical performance program,” said Jeffrey Babcock, Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “As an educational institution in America’s leading center of early music interest and activity, we are confident that Mr. Pearlman’s illustrious and innovative leadership – and priority access to Boston Baroque’s acclaimed artistic resources – will take Boston University’s program of advanced scholarship and performance to a new and exciting level.”

As the new Director of Historical Performance Activities at the School of Music, Mr. Pearlman will oversee the College’s existing degree programs – Master of Music (MM) in Historical Performance, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Historical Performance, MM in Harpsichord and DMA in Harpsichord. Additionally, he will direct the school’s historical performance ensemble with the goal of developing a period-instrument orchestra, as well as building the current departmental faculty, a collection of historical instruments, and expanding current curriculum.

“I am thrilled to be able to extend my own work and that of Boston Baroque to develop a new generation of early music performers,” said Mr. Pearlman, “Boston University is the perfect partner for realizing our educational mission at the very highest level. Boston Baroque’s period- instrument orchestra, chorus and soloists offer a tremendous resource and a great deal of expertise for the historical performance department to draw upon. With such committed support from the College of Fine Arts, plus all the cultural and intellectual resources of Boston University and of Boston itself, I have no doubt that we can create one of the best early music programs anywhere.”

Key members of the Boston Baroque ensemble will be involved as private instructors and chamber music coaches. It is expected that the program will become further enriched with master classes, special presentations, coaching and private instruction, and public performances as students have the opportunity to work closely with these distinguished professionals. Students will also have audition opportunities with Boston Baroque.

The University’s long resident relationship with Boston’s leading professional theatre, the Huntington Theatre Company, presents the College of Fine Arts with an outstanding collaborative model for its new relationship with Boston Baroque. The Huntington, which has enhanced the School of Theatre Arts program for 20 years, provides educational enrichment, training and internship opportunities for School of Theatre Arts students.About the Partners

Three-time Grammy Award nominee Boston Baroque, the first Baroque orchestra in North America, was founded in 1973 by Martin Pearlman. Hailed from Boston to London, New York to Vienna, Sao Paulo and Tokyo for its fresh, vivid performances of the orchestral, choral and operatic repertory of the Baroque and Classical periods, Boston Baroque is now widely recognized as America’s leading period-instrument orchestra and chorus. The ensemble produces an annual subscription concert series in Greater Boston. Its twelve critically acclaimed recordings are heard regularly on the 350+ classical radio stations throughout America. Conductor and harpsichordist Martin Pearlman is the founder, music director, and conductor of both the orchestra and professional chamber chorus, which make up the Boston Baroque ensemble. Mr. Pearlman has received critical acclaim for more than 25 years for his performances of orchestral, choral and operatic repertoire from Monteverdi to Beethoven. Highlights of his work include Boston’s first complete cycle of the surviving Monteverdi operas (including the preparation of new performing editions for L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d’Ulisse), the American premiere of Rameau’s Zoroastre, the modern world premiere of the 1790 singspiel The Philosopher’s Stone, and a series of Mozart’s operas including Il rè pastore, Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni.

In addition to his work with Baroque ensembles, Martin Pearlman’s recent engagements with modern orchestras and choruses include leading the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa in the Monteverdi Vespers, his Kennedy Center debut with The Washington Opera in Handel’s Semele, and performances with the Utah Opera, Opera/Columbus, Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony and the New World Symphony. Mr. Pearlman was the first conductor from the period-instrument field to perform live on the internationally televised Grammy Awards show.Boston University College of Fine Arts is an intimate conservatory within a major university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to almost 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity. The School of Music, founded in 1873, combines the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with the broader perspectives of a traditional liberal arts education. While the emphasis is strongly on music, the School enriches its programs with a range of electives, made available through the other Schools and Colleges within Boston University. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Performance, Theory and Composition, Musicology, Music Education, Collaborative Piano (graduate only), Conducting (graduate only), as well as a certificate program with the BU Opera Institute and an Artist Diploma in Performance. Alumni and faculty can be found in major symphony orchestras, opera companies and prestigious ensembles throughout the world.

Boston Baroque joins the renowned Muir String Quartet as a music ensemble in residence at the College of Fine Arts. Other music programs affiliated with the College of Fine Arts include Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, recognized internationally as an outstanding summer educational program for young artists. Boston University is also a partner of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO). Since 1958, the College of Fine Arts has provided rehearsal space, faculty coaching sessions and ensemble instructors, and the use of musical instruments to the GYBSO.

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