On Monday night, the Boston University Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Chorus under Ann Howard Jones with tenor Christopher Hutchinson, performed Hector Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Mortes, Op. 5, at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Scored for a very large orchestra with offstage brass sections and choral groups placed throughout the venue,“This is truly a 3-D experience,” explained Benjamín Juárez, Dean of Boston University College of Fine Arts. “The orchestra and choral sections are to the front, to the sides, to the back, creating an enveloping sound. Not only is it an incredible experience for BU student musicians, it’s a visual and listening opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.”
For those who missed it, including this would-be reviewer who sang the work under Seiji Ozawa and Leopold Stokowski and very much had wanted to attend, one can hear a streaming version here. And as complement to that stream, BMInt is pleased to publish some excellent photos by Michael J. Lutch.