Over the past few months The Boston Conservatory has resounded as much with construction workers as with musicians, and the result most obvious to concert-goers will be a refreshed Seully Hall. The unofficial debut will be for Janice Weber’s faculty recital on Sunday evening.
Gone from Seully Hall will be the pseudo-Victorian chandeliers and the French’s mustard yellow paint, and in order to connect the stage to a green room, the orientation of the room has been reversed: Musical votaries will now face south instead of north. Some crimson velvet draperies now frame the windows and floor has been refinished. The space appears altogether more hospitable for listeners.
“Double Digits,” the first performance in the new space, is a free recital featuring the return to Seully of duo-pianists Oleksandr Poliykov and Janice Weber on Sunday at 8:00 with Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, Brahms’s Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Anton Arensky’s Suite and Liszt’s tone poem Mazeppa. Poliykov, who maintains performing and conducting careers in the U.S. and Ukraine, recently received his Artists Diploma from The Boston Conservatory. Weber is on the Conservatory faculty and recently recorded a tidal wave of Sea Pieces for Sono Luminus.
From the perspective of the students, the big news is the recent groundbreaking of a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility at 132 Ipswich Street. Designed by the New York-based firm, Handel Architects, it will house a large orchestra rehearsal hall, new dance studios and instructional and student service areas, and take substantial strain from the schools spaces in historic buildings.
“This will be a quantum leap forward for us,” says President Richard Ortner. “In addition to building a new complex in which every square foot of space supports the specialized work that we do, this project will allow us to build our visibility in the Fenway neighborhood and in front of the thousands of Boston commuters who travel the Mass Pike every day.”
Consult BMInt’s “Upcoming Events” for voluminous listings of BOCO’s concerts this season. Or check out the lively conservatory’s website here.