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An Ally at State

Frank Oteri sees a glimmer of hope in the midst of a summer of budget cuts to arts organizations throughout the U.S. The composer advocate of the American Music Center* in New York and founder of the online arts magazine, New Music Box,  Oteri returned with a slightly improved outlook after his visit to the […]

Keyword: Violence. World Health Organization Reports 1.6 million Lives Lost Annually From Violence

Each year, more than 1.6 million people worldwide lose their lives to violence. For every person who dies as a result of violence, many more are injured and suffer from a range of physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health problems. Violence places a massive burden on national economies, costing countries billions of US dollars each […]

John Adams’s Commencement Address at Juilliard

I wanted to share with you John Adams’s commencement address at Juilliard.  All of the text and pictures (except the one of him) come from his very interesting website. The first paragraph — in quotes — is from near the end of the speech.  I placed it at the top for emphasis. Juilliard Commencement Address […]

2011-2012 Boston University Opera Season Announced

2001 Fall Fringe Festival The Fringe Festival, now in its 15th season, is a collaboration between the Schools of Music and Theatre and The Opera Institute.  Its mission is to produce new or rarely performed works of significance in the opera and theater repertoire, bringing performers and audiences close together in unique theatrical settings. October […]

Michael Chiklis To Host July 4th Boston Pops Celebration

Michael Chiklis will host the annual national broadcast of the Independence Day Boston Pops Celebration on the Esplanade.  He is a graduate of the School of Theatre.  I look forward to being there as his guest.  

“crackling with conflict…deeply satisfying” –Washington Post on Opus

If you are in the Washington D.C. area, try to see Opus, directed by our own  Jim Petosa, director, School of Theatre, at the Olney Theatre in Maryland, where he is artistic director. Performance pressure is a constant with musicians.  Add passion and ego to the mix and you have an atmosphere ready to boil […]

Joshua Feinberg’s Contrafactual: hommage á Scelsi

I was pleased to see a good crowd on hand at a concert in the CFA Concert Hall this past Sunday night, which was the culminating event of the Callithumpian Consort Sprectral Summer Workshop. I fully support this kind of initiative. A commissioned piece composed by our own Joshua Feinberg was performed: Counterfactual:  hommage á […]

The BU Paris Center

I’ve just returned from a short trip to Paris. I was able to see the BU Paris Center where our students can take courses such as Paris Aujourd’hui: French Society and Civilization Through the Performing Arts and La France a Paris: Paris in Literature.  Students can opt to live with families (as above) or in […]

Professor Judith Chafee Awarded BU’s Highest Teaching Honor

I was very pleased to learn that our own Judith Chafee, Associate Professor of Movement, was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching. “She challenges students, encourages them to explore, and gives them the courage to take risks,” reads her Metcalf citation. “I got to fully unleash my imagination,” says Francesca Blanchard […]

Renowned Painter Frank Stella Gives CFA Graduation Convocation Address

Here is the address Frank Stella gave to the CFA Class of 2011: “Art appreciation” is perhaps a dated term, but not a dated idea. In fact, it might be an idea whose time has come. We assume that as the product of the efforts of a faculty of Fine Arts, you do appreciate art, […]