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Commencement 2011

The College of Fine Arts Graduation Convocation went very well as did the main Boston University Commencement on Nickerson Field the following day in which veteran TV broadcaster Katie Couric was the speaker, see text of Ms. Couric’s speech. We were very honored to have the noted painter, Frank Stella, give the address at the […]

Multi-Media Concert Celebrates Puebla’s 480th Anniversary

Last week, I had the honor of conducting at the Puebla Cathedral as part of the International Palafoxiano Festival in Puebla, Mexico.  The Festival celebrated the 480th anniversary of the founding of Puebla, a beautiful city with a rich arts tradition that is home to Mexico’s largest arts archive. Puebla is a city that’s always […]

Composer Daniel Catan Dies Suddenly at 62

Sad news — Daniel Catan was found dead this morning at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was teaching. I spoke to him about working with us here at Boston University and he was looking forward to it.  He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

BU Presents Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at Symphony Hall

Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, will bring together hundreds of School of Music instrumentalists and singers in Symphony Hall, in what is his most endearing and embracing work.  The prophet’s dramatic life story is  told through brilliant arias and vibrant choruses. Tickets: $25 general admission. Student Rush are $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. […]

The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Professor Ketty Nez’s opera, The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia. It was a colorful production, with committed performances.  I predict a bright future for it. Speaking of Professor Nez, she has an upcoming recital. Professor Nez will participate in an upcoming faculty recital with Professor […]


I hope you will join us for this wonderful production. The BU College of Fine Arts presents Charles Gounod’s opera Roméo et Juliette, running April 21-24 on the mainstage of the Boston University Theatre. The opera features conductor William Lumpkin, stage director Sharon Daniels, singers from the BU School of Music’s Opera Institute and vocal […]

The Launch of BU’s Arts Website

With listings of every arts happening at BU and many beyond, the website, Arts Live, launches today.

Tonight — The Music of Tango with Osvaldo Golijov

Please join us! Composer Osvaldo Golijov in conversation with BU Professor Alicia Borinsky tonight at Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, 6:00 p.m.  FREE admission. With a performance of Mr. Golijov’s Last Round by musicians from the BU School of Music.

Professor Jon Lipsky 1944-2011

“The quality of the man and the quality of the intellect and the quality of the talent are really something very special.” –Robert Brustein, Boston Globe 3/21/11 I am sorry to report that School of Theatre professor Jon Lipsky has died.  A funeral service was scheduled for today at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. […]

Message from President Brown on Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Boston University Office of the President March 14, 2011 Dear Friends, We have all been horrified by the extent of the devastation and loss of life caused by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last Friday. The thoughts and prayers of the Boston University community are with the students and staff who have families […]