Category: Arts

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan to Perform and Speak at Boston University

October 25th, 2010 in Arts, BU In the Community, Entertainment, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host an evening with Tenor Ronan Tynan. Tynan is an accomplished athlete, winning multiple medals while competing at the Paralympics, a physician specializing in orthopedic sports injuries and most well-known for his accomplishments as an opera singer. The event will include a lecture, Q+A and a performance. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Event:
The Gotlieb Lecture Featuring Ronan Tynan
Hosts: The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM; event begins at 7:00 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Admission: Free and open to the public; please call to reserve ticket prior to event.
Contact: For tickets, call 617-353-8725 or email tsaictr@bu.edu
For more information, call 617-353-3696 or email archives@bu.edu

Tynan was introduced to international audiences in 1998 as a member of the Irish Tenors. In May 2004, he left the group to embark on a solo career. Later that summer, Tynan sang at the state funeral of President Ronald Reagan, thrilling an international audience with Amazing Grace and Schubert’s Ave Maria. Tynan released his self-titled debut album in the spring of 2005, which began a new era in his career.

Tynan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and broadened his concert repertoire in performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. He has performed in venues from the White House to Yankee Stadium, where his popular performances of God Bless America became a standard seventh-inning stretch hallmark. Tynan has also lent his voice to the men and women of the New York Police and Fire Departments in the wake of 9/11, performing at benefits and memorial services.

There are several recently released CDs available. A documentary on Dr. Tynan: Doctor Courageous/Living Life to the Fullest was released in 2007.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

The Centennial of the Metropolitan Opera’s First World Premiere

October 22nd, 2010 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, Entertainment, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

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(New York) – Puccini and Toscanini return to the Metropolitan Opera! Simonetta Puccini, Giacomo Puccini’s granddaughter, and Walfredo Toscanini, Arturo Toscanini’s grandson, are expected to be in attendance at a Met performance 100 years to the day after the premiere of La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), now starring Deborah Voigt and Marcello Giordani, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Toscanini conducted the Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever world premiere in 1910, whose cast included Enrico Caruso, Emmy Destinn, and Pasquale Amato. Deemed the most spectacular event in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, the star-studded performance had no less than thirty-three curtain calls, and made the front page of the New York Times.

The celebration of the 100th anniversary features an e-conference at www.fanciulla100.org loaded with historical information in the form of video interviews with stellar performers, archival images and film, and scholarly essays. The site will be launched at a press event at the Italian Cultural Institute on December 3rd, which will also feature special guests. A symposium will be held at Boston University in collaboration with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on December 6, and papers will be delivered to assembled scholars and guests. The symposium will feature an exhibition of original archival material around the theme of Puccini and Fanciulla, showcasing material from collections held at the Center including the papers of Sarah Caldwell, Tito Gobbi, Dorothy Kirsten, Rise Stevens, Deborah Voigt and others.

Puccini’s Fanciulla takes place during the California Gold Rush and was based on the hit Broadway play by American dramatist David Belasco, The Girl of the Golden West. After the successes of La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, Puccini found in Belasco’s Girl of the Golden West just the “modern” melodrama he was looking for. And the “modern” format of the free educational e-conference will provide a treasure trove of vintage and contemporary materials. For more information, visit www.fanciulla100.org. For more information on the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, please visit www.bu.edu/archives.

Contact: Deborah Burton
(978) 448-0643
burtond@bu.edu

The Boston University Art Gallery Presents Harold Reddicliffe: Paintings from Three Decades

October 22nd, 2010 in Arts, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is pleased to present Harold Reddicliffe: Paintings from Three Decades, opening Thursday, November 18, 2010. The exhibit explores the body of work created by realist painter and Boston University College of Fine Arts Associate Professor of Painting Harold Reddicliffe.

Paintings from Three Decades features over eighty pieces of Reddicliffe’s work dating back to 1981. He is best known for the nearly photographic appearance of his still-life paintings of traditional domestic objects and his ability to illustrate the beauty of industrial design.

“My recent paintings explore the transformation that occurs when ordinary objects are subjected to extraordinary scrutiny,” says Reddicliffe, a 2010 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Painting. A 48-plate color catalog with essays and 24 color pages accompanies the exhibition.

Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the university community, Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location since 1958, now named the Stone Gallery, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.

BUAG is located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, at the Stone Gallery inside the College of Fine Arts building on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the “B” Green Line). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM (closed Mondays and holidays). For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/art. BUAG will be closed for intersession from Friday, December 24, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011.

EXHIBITION AND GALLERY EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMING
Friday, December 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM Noon

Harold Reddicliffe, BU associate professor and exhibition artist, will lead a gallery talk.
(Location: BUAG at the Stone Gallery)

Boston University to Host Innovative Gubernatorial Forum

September 17th, 2010 in Arts, BU In the Community, Entertainment, Government, News Releases, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University (BU) is hosting a Gubernatorial Forum for students and members of the community featuring previously filmed questions from students and answers from the candidates followed by a panel analysis moderated by BU Assistant Professor of Mass Communication John Carroll. Questions will be addressed by each of the major candidates running for Massachusetts Governor including Charlie Baker, Tim Cahill, Deval Patrick and Jill Stein. The panelists will offer opinions on media coverage, campaign strategy and political science. Video clips and excerpts can also be found at the event’s webpage. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Event:
Educating the Bay State’s Next Governor
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Ave, Second Floor)
Admission: Event is free and open to the public
Contact: For more information, call 617-353-3696 or visit http://www.bu.edu/archives

Panel to include:
David Bernstein – News and Politics Reporter, The Boston Phoenix
Todd Domke – Political Analyst, WBUR
Mel Miller – Publisher, The Bay State Banner
Natasha Perez – Political Strategist
Joan Vennochi – Opinion Page Columnist, The Boston Globe
Thomas Whalen – Associate Professor of Social Science, Boston University

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

BU Alumna Lauren Flanigan returns for masterclasses and a concert performance of Vanessa

September 16th, 2010 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, Entertainment, News Releases 0 comments

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

Boston, MA – The Boston University School of Music is delighted to welcome back alumna and internationally acclaimed soprano Lauren Flanigan for a residency that culminates in a free concert performance of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa on Tuesday, September 28. The residency aims to celebrate the past, present, and future of the BU School of Music through a collaborative effort among this illustrious alumna, a team of faculty members, and current students who will soon launch their own careers.

In celebration of Samuel Barber’s centennial, this concert performance of his Pulitzer Prize winning opera Vanessa spotlights Lauren Flanigan, Boston University alumna and internationally acclaimed artist, in the title role she performed to critical acclaim at New York City Opera. She is joined by soloists from the School of Music Vocal Performance Department and Opera Institute, with the Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Chorus.

First performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1958 in a production directed by the librettist Gian Carlo Menotti, Vanessa is the bittersweet story of a woman who waits in self delusion for the return of her lover. The performance is free with no tickets required, so seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

At a glance:

Vanessa

Tuesday, September 28, 8:00pm

Samuel Barber, composer | Gian Carlo Menotti, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor | Lauren Flanigan, soprano

Free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (T Green Line, B line, BU East stop)
617.353.8724 | www.bu.edu/cfa

Ms. Flanigan will be in residence at the Boston University School of Music September 16-28, during which time she will participate in rehearsals for Vanessa, a master class with opera and voice students, a lecture about Vanessa, question and answer sessions with opera and voice students, and an aria class with the BU Opera Institute.

Lauren Flanigan is renowned for her musical talents from the bel canto to Berio, and has firmly established herself as a unique musical presence in the world today. Named by TIME magazine as “the thinking man’s diva” and awarded by ASCAP and the Center for Contemporary Opera for her commitment to performing the works of living composers, she has also been equally recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the early operas of Verdi including Attila, Giovanna D’Arco, Nabucco, Macbeth, I Lombardi, and La Traviata. Her repertory has included performances of more than 100 operas, including Nabucco (La Scala, Teatro San Carlo, New Japan Opera, Artscape South Africa, Cincinnati Opera, Carnegie Hall), Macbeth (La Scala, Opera Company of Philadelphia, NYCO), I Lombardi, La bohème, The Ghosts of Versailles , Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera), Norma (Cincinnati Opera, Manaus), Intermezzo (New York City Opera–NYCO, Glimmerglass), Prince Igor (San Francisco Opera), Midsummer Marriage (Bayerische Staatsoper), Euryanthe (Glyndebourne Festival), Venus und Adonis (Santa Fe Opera, Concertgebouw), Maria Stuarda (Opera Orchestra of New York), Roberto Devereaux (NYCO), Rusalka (L’Opera de Bilbao), Mourning Becomes Electra (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, NYCO), Don Giovanni (Baltimore Opera Company, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass, Cincinnati Opera), Esther, The Mother of Us All, Seven Deadly Sins, Lillith, Lizzie Borden, Central Park, Mathis der Maler, La bohème (NYCO), Peter Ibbetson, Merrymount (Seattle Symphony), Regina (Florida Grand Opera, BARD Summerscape), Fierrabras, Oberon, Giovanna D’Arco, Nabucco (Collegiate Chorale). She has been associated with the revivals of the American operas The Cabildo, Peter Ibbetson, Merrymount, Morning Becomes Electra, Vanessa, Antony and Cleopatra, The Mother of Us All, Lizzie Borden, Regina, and Esther. The operas and symphonic works Lillith, Frau Margot, Marina: A Life, Central Park, A Wedding, Symphony #6 Plutonian Ode by Philip Glass, Song of Songs, Letters Home, The Poet and the Master, Lady Macbeth, and Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwarz have all been written for her. This season she will revive and record Unknown/Unsung-The Music of Kurt Weill for the Neue Galerie, and star as Myra Foster in the New York premiere of Stephen Schwarz’s first operatic work, Séance on a Wet Afternoon. She is the founder of Music and Mentoring House, a non-profit organization recently established to guide the life and careers of young opera singers, and Comfort Ye, an annual concert to benefit New York’s homeless. CD and DVD recordings include The Cabildo, Merrymount, Peter Ibbetson, Frau Margot, Monologues, The Sun Cantata, Good Night Moon, Nabucco, Symphony #6 Plutonian Ode, and Appendage, and she is also featured as the Opera Diva in the major motion picture Death to Smoochy. She has been featured on the Live from Lincoln Center telecasts of I Lombardi, The Ghosts of Versailles, Central Park, Lizzie Borden, and the Richard Tucker Gala.

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.

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

High-resolution photo available upon request.

Boston Youth Symphony OrchestrasCommission new work by composer, violinist Mark O’connor for 2010-11 season

September 15th, 2010 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Erin Keegan Ianni, 617.353.3359 | keegan@bu.edu

[BOSTON] – September 1, 2010…Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO), one of the finest youth orchestras in the country, today announced programming for the 53rd season. On March 6, 2011, BYSO will present a world premiere commissioned from American Composer Mark O’Connor. “The Improvised Concerto” will feature O’Connor as soloist in a multi-style work incorporating traditional and modern techniques, including improvised solo lines.

“This is going to be, not surprisingly, another musically very intense and rich season,” said BYSO Music Director Federico Cortese. “The students will have the opportunity to work closely with Mark O’Connor in preparation for the performance of his world premiere,” he concluded.

The premier orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony (BYS), will open the season on October 17, 2010, at Symphony Hall, with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Led by BYSO Music Director Federico Cortese, this 114-member full symphonic orchestra includes talented young musicians from all six New England states.

On January 16, 2011, BYS will present Verdi’s opera Macbeth at Sanders Theatre. BYS is acclaimed as the only US youth orchestra to perform a complete semi-staged opera for four consecutive seasons.

On March 6, 2011, BYS will perform the world premiere of a new work by Mark O’Connor at Symphony Hall. In addition, the March 6 program will include excerpts from Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet. The season will conclude June 19, 2011, with Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 presented at Sanders Theatre.

Tickets will be on sale September 1st. For more information visit www.BYSOWeb.org or call (617)353-5353.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras is regarded as one of finest youth orchestras in the US and a national model for music and arts education. Its six orchestras and Intensive Community Program serve more than 425 students from eight- to eighteen years old from six New England states. Appointed in 1999, Music Director Federico Cortese oversees an artistic staff of 50 in support of 14 annual orchestral performances and a semi-staged opera. Since its founding at Boston University in 1958, BYSO continues to achieve the highest artistic standards. BYSO receives generous support from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

Acclaimed Novelist Sue Miller to Speak at Boston University

September 15th, 2010 in Arts, BU In the Community, Entertainment, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University will host novelist Sue Miller for a reception and lecture on Wednesday, September 29 at 5:30 PM in Metcalf Hall. Miller houses her archives at the Gotlieb Center and will be speaking on her work and reflecting on her written accounts of contemporary family life. Immediately following the lecture, Miller will be signing copies of her most recent novel, The Lake Shore Limited (April 2010).

Event Details
Event:
Friends Speaker Series featuring Sue Miller
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM reception, 6:00 PM lecture
Location: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Ave, Second Floor)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Libraries and BU Students; $25 per person for public
Contacts: Please RSVP by 9/22 to 617-353-3697
For more information, please call 617-353-3696
Visit http://www.bu.edu/archives

Sue Miller is the New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction written works including critically acclaimed The Senator’s Wife (2008). Miller attended Radcliffe College as a teen and spent time at Boston University in the mid-1970’s when she was awarded a fellowship in creative writing. She was awarded the Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant, a MacDowall fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship. Five of her nine novels were adapted to the screen, including The Good Mother, a film starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson, in 1998 and While I Was Gone which was adapted for television in 2004 and starred Kirstie Alley.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

Boston University College of Fine Arts 2010-2011 Season Highlights

August 23rd, 2010 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, Entertainment, News Releases 0 comments

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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The Boston University Art Gallery Presents American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

August 4th, 2010 in Arts, BU In the Community, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is pleased to present American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print featuring the work of one of the nation’s oldest printing shops, Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibition illustrates the fusion of art with popular culture and music history, highlighting the uniquely American posters produced to advertise everything from vaudeville shows to Elvis Presley albums.

Hatch features 126 historical and contemporary posters and 29 hand-carved wooden blocks, with some debuting for the first time. The exhibition, created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, is supported by America’s Jazz Heritage, A Partnership of the Wallace Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

“Hatch is a survivor. We keep ink on the blocks and dust off their backs,” said Jim Sherraden, the exhibition’s curator and chief designer at Hatch Show Print. “I’m thrilled that we can share our story and our art through this exhibition.”

Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the university community, Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location since 1958, now named the Stone Gallery, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.

BUAG is located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, at the Stone Gallery inside the College of Fine Arts building on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the “B” Green Line). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM (closed Mondays and holidays). For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/art.

EXHIBITION AND GALLERY EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMING
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Jim Sheradden, manager, curator, and chief designer of Hatch Show Print, will lead a gallery talk.
(Location: BUAG at the Stone Gallery)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 7-9 PM
The Coolidge Corner Theater will host a screening of “Proceed & Be Bold!”, a documentary feature about letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
(Location: Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA)

Boston University College of Fine Arts professor Simon Estes performs at “Celebrate Africa – The Grand Finale”

July 13th, 2010 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, Entertainment, International, News Releases 0 comments

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

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts Professor of Music Simon Estes performed as part of the “Celebrate Africa – The Grand Finale” concert at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, July 9, 2010. The world-renowned bass-baritone was joined by the Simon Estes Music School Choir in a performance of Save the Children, Save Their Lives, arranged by Michael Golemo, a professor and chair of music at Iowa State University. Mr. Estes and the choir opened the concert, which also featured Canadian singer Bryan Adams; popular South African soprano Patty Yende; and renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The event honored the 2010 FIFA World Cup and generated support for United Against Malaria, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for the fight against malaria. Save the Children, Save Their Lives will be featured on Mr. Estes’ upcoming CD, with some of the proceeds benefiting the Simon Estes Music School in South Africa.

Simon Estes is an operatic bass-baritone of African-American descent, and has enjoyed a major international opera career since the 1960s. He has sung at most of the world’s major opera houses, as well as in front of presidents, popes, and internationally renowned figures and celebrities. He was notably part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve global success and is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. Estes is a Professor of Music at the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music and the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence at Iowa State University.

The Simon Estes Music School Choir is part of the Simon Estes Music High School Trust. The school was established in 1997 after Estes visited a number of school choirs on the Cape Flats. He was particularly impressed by a group of high school choristers from the Khayelitsha Township community. Though the pupils were from a socially and academically disadvantaged background, they could still produce a very high standard of music performance. He was moved when told that the majority of those pupils were musically gifted but because of the social economic situation and general poverty these children would never have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Today this project, which started with 60 learners, has grown into an institution catering for three hundred learners from grade 8 to 12 (secondary school level) with the ages ranging from 13-19 years old. The Simon Estes Music School promotes the formal training and teaching of Western classical and traditional African music specifically to disadvantaged learners.

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.