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Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster and film maker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.
Inspired by her father Leonard Bernstein's lifelong impulse to share and teach, Jamie has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with "The Bernstein Beat," a family concert about her father's music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts, Jamie has gone on to design, write and narrate concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky and many others. Jamie creates and narrates two educational concerts a year with the New World Symphony in Miami; these engaging, informal "Discovery Concerts" are specially designed to attract audiences of all ages who are less familiar with concertgoing.
Jamie travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing everywhere from Beijing to London to Vancouver. A frequent speaker on musical topics, Jamie has presented talks around the world, from conferences in Japan to seminars at Harvard University. In Spanish-speaking locations such as Madrid and Caracas, Jamie narrates en español - thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual.
In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain. She has presented the New York Philharmonic's live national radio broadcasts, as well as live broadcasts from Tanglewood.
Jamie is the co-director of a film documentary, Crescendo: the Power of Music -- which focuses on children in struggling urban communities who participate in youth orchestra programs for social transformation inspired by Venezuela's groundbreaking El Sistema movement. The film has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, and is now viewable on Netflix. More about Crescendo: the Power of Music can be found at crescendofilmdoc.com
Jamie has also directed her father's chamber opera, Trouble in Tahiti, in various locations around the country, including the Moab Music Festival and Festival del Sole in Napa, CA.
Jamie is currently at work on a memoir, title to be announced, which will be published by HarperCollins in the spring of 2018, when her father's centennial celebrations will be well under way around the world. Jamie and her siblings, Alexander and Nina, will be racking up unprecedented mileage points!
Jamie also writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Gourmet, Opera News, and Musical America. She also edits "Prelude, Fugue & Riffs," a newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father's legacy.
Jamie Bernstein, host
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The 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons’ sixth as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, marks his fifth anniversary in that position. Named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Mr. Nelsons leads fifteen of the BSO’s twenty-six weeks of concerts this season, ranging from repertoire favorites by Beethoven, Dvoˇrák, Gershwin, Grieg, Mozart, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky to world and American premieres of BSO-commissioned works from Eric Nathan, Betsy Jolas, Arturs Maskats, and HK Gruber. The season also brings the continuation of his complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the orchestra, and collaborations with an impressive array of guest artists, including a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde, Act III—one of three BSO programs he will also conduct at Carnegie Hall—with Jonas Kaufmann and Emily Magee in the title roles. In addition, February 2020 brings a major tour to Asia in which Maestro Nelsons and the BSO give their first concerts together in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
In February 2018, Andris Nelsons became Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester (GHO) Leipzig, in which capacity he also brings the BSO and GHO together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance including a BSO/GHO Musician Exchange program and an exchange component within each orchestra’s acclaimed academy for advanced music studies. A major highlight of the BSO/GHO Alliance is a focus on complementary programming, through which the BSO celebrates “Leipzig Week in Boston” and the GHO celebrates “Boston Week in Leipzig,” thereby highlighting each other’s musical traditions through uniquely programmed concerts, chamber music performances, archival exhibits, and lecture series. For this season’s “Leipzig Week in Boston,” under Maestro Nelsons’ leadership in November, the entire Gewandhausorchester Leipzig comes to Symphony Hall for joint concerts with the BSO as well as two concerts of its own.
In summer 2015, following his first season as music director, Andris Nelsons’ contract with the BSO was extended through the 2021-22 season. In November 2017, he and the orchestra toured Japan together for the first time. They have so far made three European tours together: immediately following the 2018 Tanglewood season, when they played concerts in London, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, and Amsterdam; in May 2016, a tour that took them to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg; and, after the 2015 Tanglewood season, a tour that took them to major European capitals and the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals.
The fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011, his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, and his BSO subscription series debut in January 2013. His recordings with the BSO, all made live in concert at Symphony Hall, include the complete Brahms symphonies on BSO Classics; Grammy-winning recordings on Deutsche Grammophon of Shostakovich’s symphonies 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (The Year 1905) as part of a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle for that label; and a recent two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7 (Leningrad). This November, a new release on Naxos features Andris Nelsons and the orchestra in the world premieres of BSO-commissioned works by Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis. Under an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is also recording the complete Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.
During the 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons continues his ongoing collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has also established regular collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, and has been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2015, principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009, and music director of Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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Susan Graham - hailed as "an artist to treasure" by
the New York Times - rose to the highest
echelon of international performers within just a few years of her
professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire
and genres along the way. Her operatic roles span four centuries,
from Monteverdi's Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake
Heggie's Dead Man Walking, which was written
especially for her. She won a Grammy Award for her collection of
Ives songs, and her recital repertoire is so broad that 14
composers from Purcell to Sondheim are represented on her most
recent Onyx album, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos.
This distinctly American artist has also been recognized throughout
her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music.
Although a native of Texas, she was awarded the French government's
prestigious "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur," both for her
popularity as a performer in France and in honor of her commitment
to French music.
To launch the 2017-18 season, Ms. Graham will reprise her star
turn in the title role of Susan Stroman's production of
Lehár's The Merry Widow at the MET, then she
joins Nathan Gunn for Bernstein's Trouble in
Tahiti at Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a special concert to
mark the composer's 100th birthday. To conclude the operatic
season, she returns to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opposite James
Morris in Marc Blitzstein's 1948 opera Regina. At the
Boston Symphony, she joins Charles Dutoit for Berlioz's La
Damnation de Faust and Andris Nelsons for Mahler's Third
Symphony, which is also the vehicle for her summer collaborations
at the Tanglewood Festival and later on tour in Europe. Besides
reuniting with Dutoit for Ravel's Shéhérazade at
the San Francisco Symphony, she headlines a gala concert to
celebrate Tulsa Opera's 70th anniversary. She also gives solo
recitals at Emory University and Washington University, and rounds
out the season with a night of cabaret at the Park Avenue Armory in
Last season, Graham partnered with Renée Fleming for the San
Francisco Symphony's opening-night gala, and joined Anna Netrebko,
Plácido Domingo, and a host of other stars to celebrate the
Metropolitan Opera's five decades at Lincoln Center. Having created
the role of Sister Helen Prejean in the world premiere production
of Dead Man Walking at San Francisco Opera, she
reprised her role in Washington National Opera's revival of the
piece. She returned to Santa Fe Opera as Prince Orlofsky in a new
production of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, and
reprised her signature portrayal of Dido in Berlioz's Les
Troyens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Concert highlights
included selections from Mahler's Des Knaben
Wunderhornat Carnegie Hall and Canteloube's Chants
d'Auvergne with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as a
star-studded Der Rosenkavalier at the Boston
Symphony. She gave U.S. recitals of "Frauenliebe und -leben
Variations," her program inspired by the Schumann song cycle, and
expanded her discography with Nonesuch Records' DVD/Blu-ray release
of William Kentridge's new treatment of Berg's Lulu,
which captured her role debut as Countess Geschwitz at the Met.
Graham's earliest operatic successes were in such trouser roles
as Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di
Figaro. Her technical expertise soon brought mastery of
Mozart's more virtuosic roles, like Sesto in La clemenza
di Tito, Idamante in Idomeneo and Cecilio
in Lucio Silla, as well as the title roles of
Handel's Ariodante and Xerxes. She
went on to triumph in two iconic Richard Strauss mezzo roles,
Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and the Composer
in Ariadne auf Naxos. These brought her to prominence
on all the world's major opera stages, including the Met, Lyric
Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera,
La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg
Festival, among many others. She performed the leading ladies in
the MET world premieres of John Harbison's The Great
Gatsby and Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy,
and made her Dallas Opera debut as Tina in a new production
of The Aspern Papers by Dominick Argento. As
Houston Grand Opera's Lynn Wyatt Great Artist, she starred as
Prince Orlofsky in the company's first staging of Die
Fledermaus in 30 years, before heading an all-star cast
as Sycorax in the Met's Baroque pastiche The Enchanted
Island and making her rapturously received musical theater
debut in a new production of Rodgers &
Hammerstein's The King and I at the Théâtre du
Châtelet in Paris.
It was in an early Lyon production of
Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict that Graham
scored particular raves from the international press, and a triumph
in the title role of Massenet's Chérubin at Covent
Garden sealed her operatic stardom. Further invitations to
collaborate on French music were forthcoming from many preeminent
conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine
and Seiji Ozawa. New productions of Gluck's Iphigénie en
Tauride, Berlioz's La damnation de Faust and
Massenet's Werther were mounted for the mezzo in New
York, London, Paris, Chicago, San Francisco and beyond. She
recently made title role debuts in Offenbach's comic
masterpieces La belle Hélène and The
Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at Santa Fe Opera, as well as
proving herself the standout star of the Met's star-studded revival
of Les Troyens, which was broadcast live to
cinema audiences worldwide in the company's celebrated "Live in HD"
series. Graham's affinity for French repertoire has not been
limited to the opera stage, having also served as the foundation
for her extensive concert and recital career. Such great cantatas
and symphonic song cycles as Berlioz's La mort de
Cléopâtreand Les nuits d'été,
Ravel's Shéhérazade and
Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer provide
opportunities for collaborations with the world's leading
orchestras, and she makes regular appearances with the New York
Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and London
Graham's distinguished discography features all the works
described above, as well as a series of lauded solo albums,
including Un frisson français, a program of French
song recorded with pianist Malcolm Martineau for
Onyx; C'est ça la vie, c'est ça l'amour!, an album of
20th-century operetta rarities on Erato; and La Belle
Époque, an award-winning collection of songs by Reynaldo Hahn
with pianist Roger Vignoles, from Sony Classical. Among the mezzo's
numerous honors are Musical America's Vocalist of the
Year and an Opera News
Award; Gramophone magazine has dubbed her
"America's favorite mezzo."
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano