Boston University College of Fine Arts 2009-2010 Season Highlights

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August 14th, 2009

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

(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is proud to announce its 2009-2010 season, featuring concerts, plays, operas, exhibitions, and lectures from CFA’s schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The College presents close to 400 visual and performing arts events throughout the academic year, and is pleased to identify a selection of events from each discipline as the highlights of the upcoming season. In addition to this full schedule of events in Boston, plans are in place to travel to Washington, DC in October 2009 and New York in March 2010 for the third and fourth installments of the InCite Arts Festival.

SEASON SCHEDULE

Classical Music Events

Muir String Quartet: Beethoven Cycles
The Muir String Quartet, in residence at Boston University since 1983, will perform a series of six free chamber concerts featuring the work of Beethoven:
September 11, Metcalf Trustee Center
October 7, Tsai Performance Center
October 21, Tsai Performance Center
January 20, Tsai Performance Center
March 3, Tsai Performance Center
April 20, Metcalf Trustee Center

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
April 6, 8:00pm
Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus
Ann Howard Jones, conductor
Tickets on sale March 1; $25 general admission. Student Rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. Box Office:
www.BostonSymphonyHall.org or 617.262.1200
Symphony Hall


Opera Events

Fringe Festival: Lucrezia
October 24-31
William Bolcom, composer
Mark Campbell, librettist
Allison Voth, music director
E. Loren Meeker, guest stage director
Commissioned and written for the New York Festival of Song in 2007, this one-act comedic opera is a “riff on Machiavelli’s La Mandragola, and on the zarzuela style,” in which a young man will resort to any means as he desperately seeks the love of a seemingly virtuous young married woman. Presented as part of the 13th annual Fall Fringe Festival.
Tickets on sale August 31: $7, General Admission. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

Cosi Fan Tutte

February 18-21
Music by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
William Lumpkin, conductor
Lawrence Edelson, guest stage director
Mozart’s beloved comic opera, loosely translated “that’s the way it is,” challenges the faithfulness of women using disguises, seduction, trickery, and surprise in a reckless game of fiancée swapping. In Italian with English supertitles by Allison Voth. Presented by the BU School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre.
Tickets on sale August 31: $20 general public, $15 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage

Susannah
April 15-18
Music and Libretto by Carlisle Floyd
William Lumpkin, conductor
Sharon Daniels, stage director
CFA’s School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre collaborate to present Susannah, a timeless tale of innocence destroyed by religious hypocrisy, suspicion and gossip. With its title role premiered by Opera Institute founder and Metropolitan Opera soprano Phyllis Curtin, Susannah is one of the most beloved and often-produced American operas. Performed in English.
Tickets on sale August 31: $20 general public, $15 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington Subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage

Theatre Events

The Good Person of Szechwan
October 9-24, 2009
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by John Willett
Directed by David Gram
Three Gods come to Earth in search of a ‘good’ person. They discover the good-hearted but penniless prostitute Shen Teh, who finds that being good comes with a price. When the townspeople begin taking advantage of Shen Teh’s goodness, she is forced to develop an alter ego, Shui Ta, to deal ruthlessly with the business of living in an evil world. Presented as part of the 13th annual Fall Fringe Festival.
Tickets on sale August 31: $7, General Admission. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Saturday, October 24, 2009
By Tom Stoppard
Music by André Previn
Directed by Jim Petosa
Musical Direction by William Lumpkin
In a Soviet asylum in 1977, two men share a cell. While Ivanov is a genuine mental patient who believes he’s conducting the full orchestra that appears on stage, Alexander is a political prisoner who must admit his “mental illness” to regain his freedom. This rarely performed piece will also be featured in this fall’s InCite Arts Festival in Washington, DC.
Tickets on sale August 31: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington Subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage

A Question of Mercy
December 4-20
By David Rabe
Directed by Jim Petosa
Stricken with AIDS, Anthony’s life has become a myriad of endless symptoms and hopeless desperation. With the help of his lover and caretaker, Thomas, and friend, Susanah, Anthony seeks the guidance of an understanding doctor who will put an end to his suffering. A production of BCAP, Boston University’s professional performing arts initiative.
Tickets on sale August 31: $20 general public, $10 BU Community, BU Alumni, students, senior citizens, and groups.
Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

Radium Girls
December 10-20
By D.W. Gregory
Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage…until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Suitable for all audiences.
Tickets on sale August 31: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington Subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

How I Learned to Drive

Dates: February 12-28, 2010
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Tara Matkosky
A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. A Pulitzer Prize winner, How I Learned to Drive is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road, and life, from behind the wheel. A production of BCAP, Boston University’s professional performing arts initiative.
Tickets on sale August 31: $20 general public, $10 BU Community, BU Alumni, students, senior citizens, and groups.
Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

Aurora Borealis 8: A Festival of Light and Dance
February 25-28
Artistic Direction by Judith Chaffee and Micki Taylor-Pinney
A vibrant exploration of the symbiotic relationship between light and form, featuring world premiere dance and movement pieces. An annual collaboration between the School of Theatre and the BU Dance Program.
Tickets on sale August 31: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington Subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Roberts Theatre

Merrily We Roll Along
April 29 – May 2
Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jim Petosa
The authors of the landmark Company reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success. Merrily begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends.
Tickets on sale August 31: $12 general public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington Subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage

Visual Arts Exhibitions

September 2 –18
SVA Undergraduate Showcase
The School of Visual Arts presents the second annual showcase of undergraduate painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking and graphic design by SVA freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Free and open to the public.
808 Gallery

September 15 –October 25
Casual Males
Casual Males explores male identity through varied interpretations of contemporary portraiture. The exhibition includes paintings and drawings by a younger generation of male artists depicting themes of friendship, family relations, gender, and sexuality from a distinctly male perspective. Artists include: Gideon Bok, Jonathan Burstein, Geoff Chadsey, TM Davy, Emmett Duggan, Kurt Kauper, Steve Locke, Rob Matthews, Sam McKinniss, James Morrison, and others. Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Free and open to the public.
Sherman Gallery

MFA Exhibitions

April 16-May 2
The School of Visual Arts welcomes arts lovers and pioneers alike to see the original and expressive work of some of Boston’s most dynamic young visual artists. Four galleries, all within walking distance, will host exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic design, and art education.
Free and open to the public.
All Galleries at Boston University

Visual Arts Lectures

Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture: Thomas Struth
October 19, 6:00pm
German photographer Thomas Struth is best known for the ambitious range and global reach of his work, from classic black-and-white streetscapes to intense family portraits to vivid, large-scale natural landscapes.
Free and open to the public.
Morse Auditorium

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Fred Wilson
November 5, 6:00pm
Acclaimed artist Fred Wilson works within the spaces of cultural institutions, rearranging existing artifacts and artworks to create new cultural and historical contexts that force the viewer to question the perspective of museum collections.
Free and open to the public.
Sleeper Auditorium

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Alyson Shotz
January 27, 6:00pm
Sculptor and mixed media artist Alyson Shotz is known for her ethereal sculptural works and installations that address space, light, and perception. Her work also reflects her interest with environmental concerns and topology, reflected in repeated patterns and structures.
Free and open to the public.
Sleeper Auditorium

InCite Arts Festival
Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/incite

for more information

Oct 30-Nov 2
InCite Arts Festival: Wash DC
Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center
BU Symphony Orchestra Concert (world premiere)
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (full length play with chamber orchestra; Boston preview performance on October 24)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (one-act opera)

March 5-9
InCite Arts Festival: New York
New World Stages, Gallery TBD
SVA Alumni Exhibition
Diventare (new play)
Antigone (one-act opera)
Theatre Showcase
Design & Production Exhibit

All artists and programs are subject to change; please visit www.bu.edu/cfa for the most up to date schedules and program information.

VENUES

Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Mainstage
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210
Getting There:
T Green Line, E line, Symphony stop
T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

539 Tremont Street
Getting There:
T Green Line, Copley stop
T Orange Line, Back Bay stop

College of Fine Arts Concert Hall
855 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, B line, BU West stop

Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Stop Green Line, B line, Blandford St. stop

Sleeper Auditorium
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, B line, BU West stops

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, E line, Symphony stop
T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop

All Art Galleries at Boston University
Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts for gallery hours and locations

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHIES

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 rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or jeanconn@bu.edu
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or emcarr@bu.edu

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