Television and art have had a relationship for a long time. NBC Symphony Orchestra started performing weekly radio performances in the 1930s led by maestro Arturo Toscanini and later moved to television with appearances from Leopold Stokowski (who later made history in 1954 with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra). 

There has always been this question of the appropriate relationship between classical music and popular culture. It creates a sort of tension. But, neither world should live in isolation. There’s no benefit to being mutually exclusive. And what does it do to the musician, to the artist? After all, audiences want to be involved. They want to interact. They want to sing and clap and feel the joy, the energy, the soul of the music. 

Enter Sons of Serendip, the 6-month-old quartet comprised of four Boston University graduate students (two from CFA, one from LAW, one from STH). The foursome crosses genres…soulful, classical, contemporary…and transcends audiences, mastering (the often lost art of) pure joy. Sons of Serendip competes Tuesday night on America’s Got Talent, touching a wide, diverse audience…introducing them to a world of harp and cello, a world where classical and popular culture intersect, a world where audiences are invited to clap, cheer, and smile. 

Cellist Kendall Ramseur (‘12) recently told the Bay State Banner, “It is our hope that we are able to inspire people all over the world. We try to create positive, heart-felt experiences through our music—music that feeds the soul.” Thank you for feeding the soul, Sons of Serendip. You make BU very proud.
#tbt Trash Talk star Adam Kassim and Jillian Courtney rehearse Bye Bye Blackbird in 2005!
Congratulations, 2014 Graduates of the College of Fine Arts! #mycfa #bu2014
What a great view!