Boston University School of Music presents Contemporary American Masters

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
November 5th, 2007

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 | emcarr@bu.edu
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 | jeanconn@bu.edu

Boston – Presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus will perform their first Symphony Hall concert of the 2007-2008 season on Monday, December 3. Conductors David Hoose and Ann Howard Jones will lead the orchestra and chorus in Charles Ives’ Psalm 90, Samuel Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, and Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony, all essential works by three of America’s greatest composers.

Charles Ives composed Psalm 90 from 1923-1924. Written for chorus, organ, and bells, Psalm 90 was considered by Ives himself to be one of his most satisfactory works, and was one of the only works that he did not rework after first composing it. Symphony Hall’s organ, considered to be one of the greatest in the world, will be paired with multiple sets of bells and an impressive chorus for a truly powerful impact.

Samuel Barber, often considered a conservative composer, is recognized for rejecting the music popular in Europe at that time and thus developing his own unique style that distinguished him as a 20th century American composer. Barber, along with his American peers, including Irving Fine, David Diamond and, of course, Aaron Copland, helped define an “American” voice—direct, impassioned, vigorous, and optimistic. His Prayers of Kierkegaard, one of his most powerful compositions that may be relatively unfamiliar to audiences, was composed in 1954, for chorus, soloists, and large orchestra, and was inspired by the prayers of the 19th century theologian Søren Kierkegaard.

Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony will return to its original home this December when the Boston University Symphony Orchestra performs this work that was composed for and premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1946. Copland’s grand symphony serves as a powerful symbol of post-World War II national pride and of the composer’s own devotion to socialist interests, both of which converge in his already famous Fanfare for the Common Man that lives at the music’s heart.

The Boston University School of Music seeks to distinguish itself among the country’s top music conservatories by performing some of the most challenging masterpieces of the classical repertoire in one of the most revered concert halls in the world. Directed by David Hoose, the ensemble program of the Boston University College of Fine Arts assumes an integral and central place in the education of the School of Music’s talented young musicians. The Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble perform more than sixteen concerts each season, including two performances in Symphony Hall, as well as in collaborations with the School of Music’s Opera Institute. The Boston University Symphonic Chorus, conducted by Ann Howard Jones, is comprised of students from ten countries and thirty-four states, including students from the vocal department and Opera Institute at the School of Music, as well as musicians from throughout the University.

About the Artists

David Hoose is Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the Boston University School of Music. He is also music director of two distinguished Boston musical organizations, the Cantata Singers and Ensemble, and Collage New Music. In addition, Professor Hoose served as Music Director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for eleven years up until 2005.

Ann Howard Jones, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Boston University, conducts the Boston University Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Chorus, administers the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting and teaches the advanced choral conducting seminar. Dr. Jones is internationally recognized as a distinguished clinician, adjudicator, teacher and conductor.

Founded in 1873, the Boston University School of Music combines the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with a broadly based, traditional liberal arts education at the undergraduate level and intense coursework at the graduate level. The school offers degrees in performance, composition and theory, musicology, music education, and historical performance, as well as a certificate program in its Opera Institute, and artist and performance diplomas.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the B.U. campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity. For additional information, please visit www.bu.edu/cfa.

Ticket and Venue Information

Tickets ($35, $20, $10) are on sale now and can be purchased at:

Symphony Hall Box Office: 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Tsai Center Box Office: 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
SymphonyCharge: 617-266-1200
www.BostonSymphonyHall.org

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