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Virtual Concert Hall: Behind the Scenes

March 20th, 2014 in News, Virtual Concert Hall

Narrator Ron Della Chiesa takes you behind the scenes as Boston University prepares for a live webcast of the BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall.

Be sure to visit the School of Music’s Virtual Concert Hall on April 7 at 7:45pm to watch BU’s performance of the Grande Messe des Mortes, Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz, conducted by Ann Howard Jones and featuring soloist Christopher Hutchinson.

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BU School of Music launches Virtual Concert Hall

December 15th, 2011 in Featured Recordings, Virtual Concert Hall

We are pleased to announce the launch of the School of Music’s Virtual Concert Hall.  The Virtual Concert Hall is designed to showcase work performed by BU students and faculty.  The launch coincides with the release of the high-definition video production of the most recent BU concert at Symphony Hall, which featured a pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton, Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw conducted by David Hoose and narrated by Frank Kelley, as well as Verdi’s Messa da Requiem which was conducted by Ann Howard Jones and featured our renowned alumni soloists Michelle Johnson, soprano, Daveda Karanas, mezzo-soprano, Clay Hilley, tenor, and Morris Robinson, bass.

Please click here to visit the Virtual Concert Hall.

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

December 13th, 2011 in Instant Encore

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.

Please click here to listen.

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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Video of Mendelssohn’s Elijah available

September 8th, 2011 in Featured Recordings

The Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus returned to Boston’s historic Symphony Hall to perform Mendelssohn’s masterpiece Elijah on April 11, 2011. The concert features conductor Ann Howard Jones, soprano Liz Baldwin, mezzo-soprano Penelope Bitzas, tenor Martin Bakari, baritone James Demler, and soprano Kira Winter singing the role of The Youth.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, perhaps his most endearing and embracing work, is a vivid depiction of the prophet’s dramatic life, expressed through thrilling musical story telling, brilliant arias, and grand and vibrant choruses. The featured soloists in this epic work include students and faculty from the BU School of Music, where Jones is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities.

Once again aided by Soundmirror, CFA Audio was there to engineer both the recording and the live web stream.  Please contact us if you’re interested in ordering a CD copy of this performance, and be sure to check back later for more information on this academic year’s Symphony Hall concerts!

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