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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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Now on Instant Encore: BUSO, Hoose, Dobroykov / Liadov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky

October 23rd, 2012 in Featured Recordings, Instant Encore

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

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Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 are now available on Instant Encore

April 9th, 2012 in Featured Recordings, Instant Encore

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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.

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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

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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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Video of Roman Totenberg Centennial Celebration now available

March 1st, 2011 in Featured Recordings

Watch this video on YouTube

Please note: if you are using Internet Explorer 8, the embedded video may not display properly.  You can view the non-embedded version on YouTube by clicking here.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts celebrated Professor Roman Totenberg’s 100th birthday at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 21, 2010.  The concert featured the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Hoose, and violinist Peter Zazofsky, and included performances of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in A-flat.  A tribute was hosted by national political commentator Cokie Roberts, and former students Mira Wang and Na Sun surprised Professor Totenberg with a special performance of Bruce Dukov’s wonderful arrangement of Happy Birthday.

With help from our friends at Soundmirror, CFA Audio was on hand to engineer the concert — the first orchestral performance in Symphony Hall’s history to be streamed live on the internet!  The concert is also available as a high-quality, audio-only CD from CFA Audio.  Contact us if you’d like to order copy.

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