Boston University School of Music Presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Symphony Hall Monday, April 26 at 8:00pm
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(Boston, Mass)—The Boston University School of Music presents the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus in a concert at Symphony Hall featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterpiece, Symphony No. 9 in D minor and Arnold Schoenberg’s provocative Five Pieces for Orchestra, opus 16. The concert will take place on Monday, April 26 at 8:00pm.
David Hoose, Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the School of Music, will conduct. The Beethoven will feature soloists Kelly Kaduce, soprano; Penelope Bitzas, mezzo-soprano; Karl Dent, tenor; and David Cushing, bass.
This performance will be the second of two concerts of the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus has presented at Symphony Hall this academic year.
Through extraordinarily dramatic symphonic, choral and operatic music, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony stirs with powerful brooding, awe, and triumphant jubilation. The composer’s 25-year struggle to put into music his ideal of universal brotherhood culminated in daring and ground-breaking music that has influenced all music since, and whose message rings as true today as it did in 1824. The entire symphony, which sets portions Friedrich Schiller’s stirring poem “Ode To Joy,” speaks to the highest aspirations of humanity, charging all to search, struggle and hope for inter-faith respect, international peace, interracial honor and brother and sister unity.
The School of Music is presenting the concert in appreciation of Dr. John Silber for his years of leadership and distinguished service as President and Chancellor of Boston University.
Kelly Kaduce is a graduate of the Boston University School of Music, where she studied with Penelope Bitzas. Ms. Kaduce made her New York City Opera debut in fall 2002, and has appeared with such companies as Glimmerglass Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Minnesota Opera, often appearing in the roles of Mimi in La Boheme and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. In summer 2003, she made her Santa Fe Opera debut in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao. Ms. Kaduce’s engagements in 2003-2004 will include Gounod’s Juliette with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Florida Grand Opera.
Penelope Bitzas is Associate Professor of Voice and former Chair of the Voice Department at the Boston University School of Music. Professor Bitzas has performed in a wide variety of musical venues including opera, contemporary music, solo recitals, orchestral performances and Greek music. She has performed roles with the Minnesota Opera, Midwest Opera Theater, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Boston Concert Opera and Ithaca Opera. Professor Bitzas has performed abroad in Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Venezuela. She has been heard in concert at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Jordan Hall in performances of new music and Greek music and in world premieres of these repertoires. In the New England area she has been a soloist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in El Amor Brujo, ALEA III, Back Bay Chorale, Just in Time Players, the MIT Chorale and Orchestra, First Monday Concerts at Jordan Hall and Time’s Arrow. She has also been the guest conductor of the Metropolitan Greek Chorale in New York City.
Tenor Karl Dent performs extensively in concert and recital. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1993 as soloist in Berlioz’s Requiem, and returned there in 1994 to sing J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Cleveland, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas, and the National Symphony of Washington, D.C. Mr. Dent has appeared as soloist with major music festivals including the Cincinnati May, Bach Aria, Round Top Early Music, and more recently at the Tanglewood performing Mozart’s Requiem. Mr. Dent’s numerous recordings on the TELARC label include the Grammy-winning Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, named Best Choral Recording for 1997. In addition, the Rachmaninoff Vespers, recorded in 1989, also won a Grammy. His recording with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass received a Grammy nomination in 1990 for Best Choral Recording. A native of Houston, Mr. Dent is in his 10th year Artist/Associate Professor of Music at Texas Tech University.
David M. Cushing is a current member of the Opera Institute at the Boston University School of Music. His appearances there have included the title role in Don Pasquale, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, La voce in Idomeneo, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent appearances for Mr. Cushing include Colline in La bohème with the Newton Symphony Orchestra; Polydorus in L’enfance du Christ and Dr. Grenvil in La traviata with Chorus Pro Musica; and Alidoro in La cenerentola with Lake George Opera Festival. He has also performed the roles of Second Lion / Oldest Devil in Lukas Foss’s Griffelkin at Tanglewood and Symphony Hall, and appears in these roles on the recently released Chandos recording of the opera.
Tickets to the April 26 Symphony Hall concert are $35, $20, and $10. They are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling Symphony Charge at 617-266-1200.
Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts curriculum 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; Dominique LaBelle, soprano; and Ikuko Mizuno-Spire, violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
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