Ais­linn Kane, music industry major, recently gave a pre-​​performance lec­ture on German com­poser Her­mann Schroeder before mem­bers of the Boston Sym­phony Orchestra per­formed their Chamber Music Series at Northeastern’s Fenway Center. Photo by Mary Knox Mer­rill.

When you start to research German com­poser Her­mann Schroeder, you’re far more likely to find infor­ma­tion on another musical Schroeder: the piano player cre­ated by Charles M. Schultz for the “Peanuts” comic strip.

That’s what sopho­more music industry major Ais­linn Kane dis­cov­ered when she began con­ducting research on Schroeder — the real man, not the car­toon char­acter — for an intro­duc­tory lec­ture in prepa­ra­tion for a per­for­mance by mem­bers of the Boston Sym­phony Orchestra at Northeastern’s Fenway Center.

The BSO’s free Chamber Music Series relo­cated this year to the Fenway Center, where the acoustics are the envy of pro­fes­sional musi­cians who per­form a block away at Sym­phony Hall.

“It was a lot of research, and the issue with this com­poser is that there’s hardly any infor­ma­tion out there about him,” Kane said. She pre­pared for her pre-​​performance lec­ture by poring over count­less records, such as obit­u­aries and con­cert pro­grams, and working with a fac­ulty mentor in Northeastern’s music depart­ment in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design.

Kane’s intro­duc­tion to Schroeder’s Trio in E minor for violin, viola, and cello was praised by the audi­ence and com­mended by BSO viola player Robert Barnes, who broke tra­di­tion by speaking prior to the per­for­mance.

“All I knew about Schroeder was that he wrote this string trip — I had the three parts, but didn’t even have the score for it,” Barnes con­fessed. “So I’ve learned a lot from this today.”

Stu­dents like Kane and junior music industry major Danielle Clougher, who also gave a pre-​​performance lec­ture, play a key role in the Fenway Center series, which had pre­vi­ously been held in a small room at Sym­phony Hall. The new space makes the series more acces­sible to all patrons and gives North­eastern stu­dents, who com­pete for the chance to deliver the pre-​​performance lec­ture and record each con­cert for archival pur­poses, an oppor­tu­nity to get a behind-​​the-​​scenes glimpse of a pro­fes­sional per­for­mance.

“One of the great joys of having these con­certs here is that we can involve stu­dents in so many dif­ferent ways,” con­cert coor­di­nator Arthur Rishi told North­eastern stu­dents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity during a dis­cus­sion prior to the per­for­mance. 

The next BSO con­cert at the Fenway Center, fea­turing a string quartet per­forming com­po­si­tions by Mozart and Mendelssohn, will be held Friday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Free tickets can be picked up at the venue or reserved in advance through www​.tickets​.neu​.edu.