Boston University College of Fine Arts presents InCite Arts Festival

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
February 15th, 2008

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

New York, NY – The Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is pleased to present the first annual InCite Arts Festival, taking place March 9-15 in New York City. Conceived to showcase the dynamic artistic strengths and synergy of the College’s schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, each school is offering new and interdisciplinary programming that boasts an eclectic and compelling combination of titles and artists.

The InCite Arts Festival will feature an exhibition of works by MFA painting and sculpture students from the BU School of Visual Arts, a chamber orchestra concert featuring a world premiere and three New York premieres of works by composers with close affiliations with the BU School of Music, a performance of Tom Stoppard and André Previn’s rarely performed Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, a new play by recent CFA alumna Nitzan Halperin about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Michael Nyman’s one-act opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and a showcase of senior actors from the BU School of Theatre.

Led by a Host Committee of prominent Boston University alumni and New-York based arts supporters, the festival will also feature a series of educational and social events hosted by Committee members. Host Committee members include Broadway producer Stewart Lane, director Nicholas Martin, painters Pat Steir and Andrew Raftery, and SungEun Han-Anderson, President of the Anderson Family Foundation. The Host Committee is designed to reach out to the 50,000 members of the BU community in the Tri-State area, to engage alumni, parents, prospective students, and other supporters through this all-encompassing one week celebration of the Boston University College of Fine Arts.

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.

Festival Schedule

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
Juried by João Ribas, critic/curator at The Drawing Center in New York and head of the MFA Thesis Committee at New York University
Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 11, 6:00-9:00 PM
Robert Steele Gallery

Theatre Showcase
Tuesday, March 11, 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
West Bank Café
Laurie Beechman Theatre

These Worlds In Us: Chamber Orchestra Concert
Boston University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cornell
Featuring soloists Simon Estes, baritone; Na Sun, violin; Todd Palmer, clarinet; and Elsbieta Brandys, flute
Includes the world premiere of Three Songs of Nature by Martin Amlin, the New York premieres of These Worlds in Us by Melissa Mazzoli, Tracer by Richard Cornell with digital video of images by Deborah Cornell, and Concertino by Jonathan Newman; plus The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov.
Thursday, March 13, 8:00 PM
The Town Hall

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Written by Tom Stoppard
Music by André Previn
Jim Petosa, Director
Neal Hampton, Conductor
Friday, March 14, 8:00 PM
The Town Hall

The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
Music by Michael Nyman
Libretto by Christopher Rawlence and Michael Nyman, assisted by Michael Morris
Based on the book by Oliver Sacks
William Lumpkin, Conductor
Jim Petosa, Stage Director
Monday, March 10, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Helen Mills Theater

Sow and Weep
By Nitzan Halperin
Jason McDowell-Green, Director
Monday, March 10, 9:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 9:00 PM
Helen Mills Theater

Ticket and Venue Information

(These Worlds In Us: Chamber Orchestra Concert, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sow and Weep)

General Public: $25.00
BU Alumni: $20.00
Seniors: $20.00
Groups (10 or more): $15.00
Students (with valid student ID): $10.00

Theatre Showcase: Due to limited seating, please make reservations by calling 617-353-3384
MFA Exhibition: Complimentary

Tickets available at or by calling 212-307-4100 for events at The Town Hall.
Visit for box office information regarding events at Helen Mills Theater.


The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street (between Broadway & 6th Avenue)
Box Office Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12-6pm

Robert Steele Gallery
511 West 25th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)

West Bank Café
Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 West 42nd Street (just west of 9th Avenue)

Helen Mills Theater
137 West 26th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

Media Only

For inquiries about music and opera events, please contact Christina Jensen at 646-536-7864 or

For inquiries about theatre events, please contact David Gibbs at 718-721-7907 or

For inquiries about visual arts events, please contact Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or

For general inquiries, please contact either Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or or Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or

All dates, artists, and programming are subject to change. Please visit us online at for the most current festival information or email

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