The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music presents BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall
(Boston) – Presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts, conductor David Hoose will lead the BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus in its annual fall concert at Symphony Hall on Monday, November 24. To launch this holiday week, nearly 250 students from the BU School of Music will perform John Adams’ Fearful Symmetries and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloë. With BU School of Music alumni performing in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony, to name a few, this concert is the perfect opportunity for Boston music lovers to get an early glimpse of the next generation of classical musicians.
Conductor David Hoose shares his thoughts about the concert program, “Sometimes, shaping a musical program is like combining foods that might not necessarily seem predictable or even sensible, but together on the tongue are absolutely delicious. Such is the case with the Adams Fearful Symmetries and the Ravel ballet Daphnis et Chloë.” He continues, “These two fantastic works are not obviously related, but they are actually fabulous companions. Together, they illuminate the clash between sophisticated and primitive, heady and sensuous, and naive and decadent, all the while being driven by an amazing visceral energy.”
Maurice Ravel’s greatest masterpiece, Daphnis et Chloë, depicts the story of a young couple who are raised together by shepherds after both are abandoned as infants. They are separated when Chloë is abducted by pirates, but once she is rescued by the Greek god Pan, all rejoice. Performances of the suite that Ravel drew from the ballet are not uncommon, but the complete ballet is heard less frequently. Joining the Boston University Symphony Orchestra for this performance of Daphnis et Chloë will be the Boston University Symphonic Chorus, made up of music students and students from the larger University, under the leadership of conductor Ann Howard Jones, Director of Choral Activities at BU.
In the vital spirit of all of John Adams’ music, Fearful Symmetries provides a fresh synthesis and stretching of the boundaries of pop, minimalist pop, and classical music, resulting in something truly unique in American music. A major orchestral work that he composed immediately after the success of his opera Nixon in China, Fearful Symmetries is, in Adams’ words, “a seriously aerobic piece, a Pantagruel boogie with a thrusting, grinding beat….It mixes the weight and bravura of a big band with the glittering, synthetic sheen of techno pop (samples and synthesizer) and the facility and finesse of a symphony orchestra.”
David Hoose is Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the Boston University School of Music. He has been Music Director of the Cantata Singers and Ensemble since 1984, and has been Music Director of Collage New Music since 1991. Under Professor Hoose’s leadership, Collage and Cantata Singers have given hundreds of premieres and have been active commissioners of dozens of new works. Professor Hoose is the 2008 recipient of Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2005 Alice M. Ditson Conductors Award, given in recognition of exceptional commitment to the performance of American Music.
Dr. Ann Howard Jones is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Boston University and is recognized for her expertise in conducting technique, choral and vocal pedagogy, rehearsal procedures and performance practice. Equally acclaimed as a conductor, Dr. Jones was Assistant Conductor for Choruses with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to1998, where she was closely associated with the late Robert Shaw, Music Director Emeritus and Conductor Laureate. In 2003, Dr. Jones received Boston University’s coveted Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award based on peer evaluation of work in the classroom and student letters of support.
Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. 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 BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a center of rich cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, founded in 1872, is the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States. The character of the School is shaped by its position at the center of a major university situated in the heart of Boston, a city that takes learning and music seriously. The School is committed to integrating professional training and the study of the liberal arts for undergraduate students. At the graduate level, students participate in a rich intellectual and artistic environment, vital for professional development. Alumni and faculty are members of major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and educational institutions throughout the world.
PRESS RELEASE AT A GLANCE
Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall
David Hoose, conductor
Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloë, complete ballet
John Adams Fearful Symmetries
Monday, November 24, 8:00pm
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
T Green “E” Line, Symphony stop
T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop
Tickets: $25 General Admission; $10 Student Rush: available at the door, day of concert, 10:00am-6:00pm only; BU Community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of concert, 10:00am-6:00pm only
www.BostonSymphonyHall.org or 617-266-1200
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