Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem now available on Instant Encore

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December 13th, 2011

2011-11-21 Symphony Hall poster

The Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus returned to Boston’s historic Symphony Hall on November 21, 2011 for a concert featuring Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, with conductor David Hoose and narrator Frank Kelley, and Verdi’s Requiem, with conductor Ann Howard Jones, and soloists Michelle Johnson, Daveda Karanas, Clay Hilley, and Morris Robinson. We have uploaded audio of the performance in its entirety to our Instant Encore page.  Video of the performance will also be available online in the near future, so be sure to check back here or like CFA Audio on Facebook to be notified as soon as it’s live.

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About the music:

The concert opens with Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, which was programmed to tie in to CFA’s new Keyword Initiative, which focuses on the theme of violence in this inaugural year.  The twelve-tone work tells the story of a Holocaust survivor who is struggling to recall a traumatic experience from the Warsaw Ghetto.  A Survivor from Warsaw ends with a small male chorus singing the Jewish prayer Shema Yisroel. The BU Symphony Orchestra is joined by narrator Frank Kelley, and led by conductor and BU professor David Hoose.

The major work of the concert is the Verdi Requiem, often considered to be one of the greatest requiems ever written.  Ironically, this Catholic Mass was performed by prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp during World War II in defiance of the Nazis.  BU professor Ann Howard Jones conducts the BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus, joined by four prominent alumni of the renowned BU Opera Institute: Michelle Johnson, soprano; Daveda Karanas, mezzo-soprano; Clay Hilley, tenor; and Morris Robinson, bass.

For more information on the soloists, please see the full press release here.

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