Friday, July 20, 2012

Heat Waves and Galas and Concerts, Oh My!

With temperatures soaring into the triple digits and humidity at an all-time high, the BUTI students and staff have been doing their best to keep cool with trips to the BSO beach, many ice cream trips to The Scoop, and lots and lots of water! But the heat certainly hasn't stopped the music... 

The YAWE performed their first concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall this past Friday evening under the direction of David Martins. The wind ensemble played beautifully, performing works by Clifton Williams, John Stout, Vaclav Nelhybel, and John Mackey. The second half of their program featured Steven Reineke's Symphony No. 1, "A New Day Rising". On Saturday morning, the YAPP students put on a recital at the West Street Theatre performing various piano etudes, sonatas, and rhapsodies by Chopin, Bolcom, Prokofiev, Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Busoni. That Saturday evening marked the first YAO concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall under the direction of Ryan McAdams. The orchestra performed Chavez's Sinfonia India and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. As always is the case when the BUTI students perform, it is hard to believe that they are only in high school! All of the concerts were simply wonderful. 

The performances of last weekend also included the 75th Anniversary Gala at Tanglewood, celebrating 75 years of magical music-making in the Berkshires. The fabulous gala concert featured performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Music Center fellows, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus as well as soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, James Taylor, Peter Serkin, and Anne-Sophie Mutter. The gala also included a video presentation highlighting the history of Tanglewood over the past 75 years from Serge Koussevitzky's persistence to have a suitable venue built for the BSO and the creation of TMC to the construction of Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Tanglewood we know and love today. 

On Tuesday evening the Axiom Brass Quintet performed a fabulous concert as part of the Faculty Recital Series at Trinity Church. The performance featured works by Witold Lutoslawski, Claudio Monteverdi, David Sampson, Andre Lafosse, Joan Tower, and Astor Piazzolla. The Axiom Brass members (Dorvial Puccini Jr, trumpet; Colin Oldberg, trumpet; Matthew Oliphant, horn; Brett Johnson, trombone; and Kevin Harrison, tuba) have been working closely with the YAWE brass students, coaching chamber ensembles, sectionals, and lessons. 

With upcoming chamber recitals, outreach concerts, master classes, Tanglewood concerts and more, the coming week is sure to be busy and music-filled as always! The student life staff is also hard at work planning yoga trips, hikes, sporting events, beach trips and more! This weekend's BSO concerts feature such works as Bernstein's Serenade & Tchaik 6; an All-Wagner program; and an All-Mozart program. 

Click the link below to check out the most recent photos from student & faculty performances, student life activities, campus extras and more! 

Check back soon for pictures from the large program concerts!

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