Annual concert gives student artists opportunity to take the stage at historic venue
Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) School of Music will host its annual concert at Symphony Hall featuring ensembles of student musicians. The Boston University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Chorus will perform at Boston Symphony Hall on Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 8:00 pm.
The BU Wind Ensemble will feature Symphony No. 2 “Voices” by James Stephenson as well as Penelope Bitzas, Associate Professor of Music, as a mezzo-soprano soloist. Conducting the ensemble will be David Martins. The BU Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Joshua Gersen, with Mariah Wilson directing the Symphonic Chorus. The symphony repertoire includes Schicksalslied, op. 54, by Johannes Brahms, and Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel.
Boston University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Chorus
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Symphony Hall • 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Boston University Wind Ensemble
David Martins, conductor
James Stephenson, Symphony No. 2 “Voices”
Penelope Bitzas, mezzo-soprano
Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Mariah Wilson, choral director
Johannes Brahms, Schicksalslied, op. 54
Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé
This event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are required for admittance into Symphony Hall, and can be reserved at bu.edu/cfa/symphonyhall.
French Horn player Christian Gutierrez (CFA’21) explains the awesome responsibility of performing at Boston’s famed Symphony Hall. “To play in a space like Symphony Hall, it’s a little surreal. I’ve studied with a lot of musicians that have played on that stage, and all of a sudden it just throws you into a position as a colleague rather than a student; what can you bring, what’s your A-game, can you step up to the plate? We were playing ‘Rite of Spring’ and the last note just echoed forever…We got standing ovations at Symphony Hall and those will stick out, I think, for the rest of my life.”
As the oldest degree-granting music school in the country, Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music offers both traditional conservatory-style training as well as a more expansive liberal arts undergraduate education for its student artists. The home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for more than 100 years, Symphony Hall is regarded as one of the premiere concert halls on the global stage, thanks in part to its unique construction and famous organ.