Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents the Brahms Requiem at Symphony Hall

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
March 27th, 2003

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

(Boston, Mass.) — The Boston University College of Fine Arts presents the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus in a concert at Symphony Hall featuring Johannes Brahms’s choral masterpiece, Ein deutches Requiem, Op.45. The concert will take place on Monday, April 7th at 8pm.

Brahms’s Deutches Requiem will be conducted by Ann Howard Jones, professor of music and director of choral activities at the College of Fine Arts’ School of Music, and will feature soloists Georgia Jarman, soprano and David Evitts, baritone.

The concert program will also include Arnold Schoenberg’s Variations, Op. 31, conducted by David Hoose, professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the School of Music. This concert marks the second presentation of the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall this academic year.

Johannes Brahms’s most famous works for voice and orchestra, Ein deutches Requiem was written in Vienna; according to the members of his inner circle, it was intended to commemorate the death of his mother. Brahms’s Requiem is unique. Unlike conventional settings, Brahms did not use traditional Latin text, preferring to assemble his own texts from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible. The message is also unusual, emphasizing comfort and hope for the survivors, rather than themes of death and judgment. Brahms contemplated calling it a ‘human’ Requiem.

Sixty years after Brahms completed his Deutches Requiem, Arnold Schoenberg wrote Variations, Op. 31. Almost entirely self-taught as a composer, Schoenberg was greatly influenced by Brahms and later became the leader of the so-called “Second Viennese School” of musical composition. In Variations, Schoenberg transfers the technique of the 12-tone composition to the medium of the orchestra for the first time.

Soloists

David Evitts currently enjoys a wide-ranging career as a soloist on orchestral, ballet, and operatic stages, as well as recordings. Since his 1994 Metropolitan Opera debut opposite Luciano Pavorotti and Sherril Milnes in Tosca, Mr. Evitts has appeared each season on the Met stage in such productions as La Traviata, The Merry Widow, and the Barber of Seville. His appearances in recent seasons have taken him from Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Philadelphia to Monte Carlo, Paris, and Vienna.

Georgia Jarman is a rising operatic star as well as a graduate of the College of Fine Arts’ School of Music, where she studies with Phyllis Hoffman. She appeared most recently a Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the New York City Opera as well as at the Teatro Colon in Bogatá and in the title role of Handel’s Deidamia with the Caramoor Music Festival. Other recent engagements include Rezia in Gluck’s Les Pelegrins de La Mecque with L’Opera Français and Fortuna in the American Premiere of Mozart’s Il Sogno Scipione.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the April 7 Symphony Hall concert are $35, $20 and $10 and can be purchased by calling Symphony Charge at 617-266-1200. Tickets on sale now.

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 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 a broadly based, 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), Historical Performance, as well as a certificate program with the Boston University Opera Institute and an Artist Diploma in Performance.

Alumni and faculty are found in universities, schools, major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and teaching positions throughout the world. Distinguished faculty members include opera singer Phyllis Curtin, composer Lukas Foss and violinist Roman Totenberg. Notable alumni include H. C. Robbins Landon, noted Haydn scholar; Fred Bronstein, president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; the opera singer Dominique LaBelle; and Ikuko Mizuno-Spire, violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout the academic year, the School of Music offers a wide variety of public performances. For further information and a calendar of events, log on to www.bu.edu/cfa

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Media only: Contact Elly Muller at 617/353-7293 or esmuller@bu.edu for further information or to reserve a ticket to the performance

MEDIA ADVISORY

Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents the
Brahms Requiem at Symphony Hall
Monday, April 7 at 8pm

WHAT: Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus perform at Symphony Hall

WHO: David Hoose and Ann Howard Jones, conductors
Georgia Jarman, soprano
David Evitts, baritone

REPERTOIRE: Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31
Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem, Op.45

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2003, 8pm.

WHERE: Symphony Hall

TICKETS: $35, $20, and $10. Please call Symphony Charge at 617/266-1200. Tickets on sale now.

MEDIA ONLY: Contact Elly Muller at 617/353-7293 or esmuller@bu.edu for further information or to reserve tickets to a performance

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