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Casual Fridays
Andris Nelsons conducts J.S. Bach, Shepherd and Mendelssohn featuring pianists Thomas Adès, Kirill Gerstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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Four Friday-evening concerts-one each in October, January, February, and April- are designated "Casual Fridays" this season. You are invited to wear your favorite casual attire, and to arrive early to enjoy a free, pre-concert reception before you take your seat. This lower-priced series also features a special section for Conductor Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective. Then, immediately after the performance, head to the post-concert reception, where, besides enjoying live music, snacks, and a cash bar, you are invited to mingle and share what you've just experienced at the BSO concert.


The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will offer ConcertCue, an innovative real-time program note app during the orchestra's "Casual Fridays" program on Friday, February 9. ConcertCue presents contextual program notes and images on concert-goers' mobile devices in real-time during the musical performance. ConcertCue will run during the second half of the BSO concert, when the orchestra performs the world premiere of American composer Sean Shepherd's Express Abstractionism, a co-commission of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. In addition to insightful program notes, the app will include work by such abstract artists as Alexander Calder, Gerhard Richter, Wassily Kandinsky, and Piet Modrian whose work inspired Shepherd's new piece of music. The ConcertCue app was developed by Eran Egozy, the founder of Harmonix Music Systems, which is best-known for the wildly popular video games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." Eran is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Media and Technology Committee, which is headed by former MIT president Susan Hockfield. The February 9 "Casual Fridays" performance is also part of "Leipzig Week in Boston," the first stage of a five-year multi-dimensional collaboration between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra (GHO)-both of which have Andris Nelsons as Music Director. 

Featured Performers & Ensembles

Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor Thomas   Adès, piano Thomas Adès, piano
Kirill   Gerstein, piano Kirill Gerstein, piano
The Choir of St. Paul's Harvard Square
Program Notes Audio
J.S. BACH - Concerto in D minor for three pianos, BWV 1063 (15 min)
Sean SHEPHERD - Express Abstractionism (world premiere; BSO co-commission) (15 min)
MENDELSSOHN - Symphony No. 3, Scottish (39 min)
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