Boston University College of Fine Arts 2010-2011 Season Highlights

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

Boston, MA – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is proud to announce its 2010-2011 season, featuring concerts, plays, operas, exhibitions, and lectures from CFA’s schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The College presents hundreds of performances and visual 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, students, faculty, and alumni will once again gather in New York in March 2011 for CFA’s annual InCite Arts Festival.

SEASON SCHEDULE

Vanessa, with special guest Lauren Flanigan
September 28, 8:00pm
Tsai Performance Center
Samuel Barber, composer
Gian Carlo Menotti, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor
Lauren Flanigan, soprano
In celebration of Samuel Barber’s centennial, this concert performance of the poignant Pulitzer Prize winning opera Vanessa spotlights Lauren Flanigan, Boston University alumna and internationally acclaimed artist, in the title role. She is joined by soloists from the School of Music Vocal Performance Department and Opera Institute, and the Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers.
Free and open to the public. Call 617.353.8724 for information.

14th Annual Fringe Festival
Paul and Jane Bowles: Two Stars in the Desert

October 7-30
CFA celebrates the 100th anniversary of the collaborative relationship between versatile American writer/composer Paul Bowles and his wife, renowned playwright Jane Bowles. Presented under the umbrella of the ever-popular Fringe Festival, the School of Music Opera Institute and the School of Theatre will join forces once again to present unexpected and rarely-performed works in a 90-seat black box venue.

Featured Productions:

In the Summer House
October 7-23
Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
Playwright Jane Bowles paints the portraits of two starkly different mothers in this uniquely perceptive dramatic work.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Yerma
October 16-23
Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
An opera based on the play by Federico Garcia Lorca
Music, libretto, and translation by Paul Bowles
Composer Bowles stages the tragic story of a Spanish woman victimized by societal pressure to bear a child.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Art Song Meets Theatre
October 24
Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
The songs of Paul Bowles are lifted out of the traditional recital format and brought to the stage as dramatic realizations.
Free and open to the public. Call 617.353.5201 for information.

Bowles Centennial Celebration
October 30
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Chamber music, songs, solo works, and dramatic readings of works by Paul and Jane Bowles, performed by faculty and students on the BU Theatre mainstage.
Free and open to the public. Call 617.933.8600 for information.

For a complete schedule of festival performances, as well as panel discussions, film screenings, and more, please visit www.bu.edu/cfa/calendar.

TRIIIBE: The Garden of Eden, Take 2
October 19-December 19
808 Gallery
An experimental project by the Boston-based collective TRIIIBE. This growing collaboration was formed in 2006 by performance artists (and identical triplets) Alicia, Kelly and Sara Casilio and photographer and BU alumnus Cary Wolinsky. TRIIIBE has made work that explores and confronts a range of contemporary issues through a variety of media. This new site-specific, multi-media installation will evolve as creators and observers participate in developing a present-day version of the Garden of Eden.
Reception: November 19, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public. Call 617.353.3371 for information.

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Laylah Ali
November 4, 6:00pm
CFA Concert Hall
Best known for her androgynous comic figures, Laylah Ali uses everyday objects such as sneakers, band-aids and dodge balls, and juxtaposes them with such violent subject matter as political resistance and betrayal. Her meticulously-worked paintings of gouache on paper result in scenes that are controlled, yet saturated with tension.
Free and open to the public. Call 617.353.3371 for information.

Good
November 6-21
Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
C.P. Taylor, playwright
Jim Petosa, director
How does it happen to a “good” man? How does it happen to a “good” people? Taylor’s masterwork explores Germany’s descent into Nazism in this cautionary tale with unusual resonance for our time.
A production of the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional extension of the BU 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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

BU Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall:
A Centennial Tribute to Roman Totenberg

November 21, 7:30pm
David Hoose, conductor
Peter Zazofsky, violin
Béla Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
Edward Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A-flat
Legendary violinist Roman Totenberg, beloved by thousands of students after more than four decades on the Boston University School of Music faculty, is honored on the occasion of his 100th birthday in Symphony Hall, a venue synonymous with musical excellence.

Marisol
December 10-17
BCA Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberly Theatre
José Rivera, playwright
Tara L. Matkosky, director
In Rivera’s Obie Award-winning play, a young woman finds herself in an urban wasteland where coffee, apples, and the color blue are extinct and the moon has gone missing. While her guardian angel leads an army against God, Marisol struggles to survive in the chaos that surrounds her. A fantastical vision of the future.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community
25 Years at The Caversham Press

February 8-March 27
808 Gallery
This comprehensive exhibition will feature work from the printmaking studio and artist residency Caversham Centre located in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Through image, text, and public programming, the history and impact of this groundbreaking artists’ center will be highlighted, along with the rich visual history of South African printmaking. Workshops, gallery talks, artist lectures, and more will enrich and enhance the impact and accessibility of the exhibition.
Opening Reception February 10, 6-8pm

Companion Exhibition:
Three Artists at The Caversham Press: Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge
BUAG at the Stone Gallery
Integral to Caversham’s founding years, these three South African artists created collaborative print portfolios reflecting its early history, and articulating their perspectives of life and work in the turbulence of apartheid.

Exhibitions and lecture are free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 for information.

The Road to Mecca
February 16-March 5
Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210
Athol Fugard, playwright
Judy Braha, director
South Africa’s preeminent playwright explores the transformative power of art in this tale of an eccentric sculptor, portrayed by CFA faculty member Elaine Vaan Hogue. A BCAP production.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Three Sisters
February 18-26
BCA Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberly Theatre
Anton Chekhov, playwright
Sidney Friedman, director
Trapped in a provincial Russian town following the death of their Army commandant father, Irina, Masha and Olga long for the excitement of Moscow. A classic Chekhov work—poignant, tragic, and funny.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.


The Postman Always Rings Twice

February 24-27
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Music by Stephen Paulus
Libretto by Colin Graham
William Lumpkin, conductor
Jim Petosa, stage director
An illicit affair between a drifter and a sultry waitress begins at a lonely roadside diner outside Los Angeles. The unsuspecting husband becomes the target of the perfect crime of passion, until betrayal and then fate intervene. Adapted from James Cain’s controversial 1934 novel, once banned in Boston.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture: William Kentridge
February 28
Morse Auditorium
South African artist William Kentridge is perhaps best known for his black & white animated films, constructed from sequences of drawings, which are ultimately displayed with the films as finished pieces of art. Kentridge’s work touches on the atrocities of apartheid and social injustice, yet also expresses the essence of the new, free South Africa.
Free and open to the public. Call 617.353.3371 for information.

BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall
April 11
Ann Howard Jones, conductor
Felix Mendelssohn Elijah
In a program that brings together hundreds of School of Music instrumentalists and singers in Symphony Hall, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, perhaps his most endearing and embracing work, brings to vivid life the prophet’s dramatic life through thrilling musical story telling, brilliant arias, and grand and vibrant choruses.

MFA Exhibitions
April 15-May 1
All Galleries at Boston University
The BU School of Visual Arts welcomes arts experts and novices alike to experience the work of the next generation of contemporary artists. Four BU galleries, all within easy walking distance, will host exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic design, and art education.
Opening Reception: April 15, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public. Call 617-353-3371 for information.

Romeo et Juliette
April 21-24
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barber and Michel Carré
William Lumpkin, conductor
Sharon Daniels, stage director
Shakespeare’s famous and beloved romantic tragedy about young lovers from enemy families who are forced to desperate means to be together. In French, with English supertitles by Allison Voth.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

Hedda Gabler
May 6-13
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
Henrik Ibsen, playwright
Rolf Fjelde, translation
Ellie Heyman, director
A surrealistic rendering of Ibsen’s great work, exploring a complex, driv­en woman born into the gilded cage of Victorian society, desperate for freedom and adventure. An intense psychological drama featuring one of the most memorable female characters ever created for the stage.
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. Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.

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 Street stop

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

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Getting There:
T Green Line, B line, BU East stop

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

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. 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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