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Click here to listen to the Boston University Symphony Orchestra’s February 12, 2013 performance in its entirety! This program features:
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K 551 “Jupiter”
Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major “Titan”
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Click here to listen to the Boston University Symphony Orchestra’s October 2nd performance from the Tsai Performance Center in its entirety!
This program features:
Liadov: The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62*
Stravinsky: Chant du Rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)†
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64†
* Konstantin Dobroykov, conductor
† David Hoose, conductor
In a concert titled “Requiem for a Generation,” the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus performed their second of two Symphony Hall concerts in this academic year, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905. Conducted by David Hoose, the pieces were selected to commemorate the generation of Russians born and educated after the revolution of 1905 who suffered atrocities unprecedented in Russian history.
The audio from this performance can be heard in its entirety on our Instant Encore page right now, and HD video of the whole concert — including a pre-concert lecture by BU professor Dr. Patrick Wood Uribe — will be available online within the next few weeks. Become a fan of CFA Audio on Facebook to be notified as soon as the video is posted to the Virtual Concert Hall!
About the music:
Written in 1915 in response to an onomatopoeic Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells is a choral symphony sung in four parts, in allegiance to the poem. The piece begins in glittering fantasy, with Silver Sleigh Bells and moves on to contentment tinged with reluctance in Wedding Bells; the two sections that follow move into more frightening, followed by funereal, territories, with only a twelfth-hour anticipatory tinge of redemption. Sung here by soprano Janna Baty, baritone Anton Belov — an alumnus of Boston University — and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, this work embodies both the sonorous meanings held by bells in our cultural rituals and the quotidian, universal sadness created by the individual and societal struggles of the world’s citizenry.
Casting an eye over the previous half-century, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 produces musical images of immediacy appropriate to the lurid, Technicolor era of cinema in which the piece was written (1957). With the subject of bloody revolution in the foreground, such imagery is an effective demonstration of the role the arts can play in illuminating and reflecting the world’s most complex problems. The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ 2011-12 Keyword: Violence is actively reflected in the composer’s conjuring of the events of Bloody Sunday and the ensuing conflict.
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.