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Opening Night
All-Bernstein Program

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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In several concerts this season the BSO celebrates the centennial of the great Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor, Broadway and concert composer, pianist, educator, and personality whose talent changed the course of American music. Born in Lawrence, MA, in 1918, Bernstein attended Boston Latin School and Harvard University. A member of the very first class of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1940 and a protégé of legendary BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky, Bernstein remained a dynamic, irrepressible, and inspiring presence at Tanglewood for fifty years. Led by Andris Nelsons, this Opening Night program features popular vocal selections sung by host Frederica von Stade and acclaimed soprano Julia Bullock, as well as BSO principal flute Elizabeth Rowe. Bookending the program are the composer's delightfully varied Divertimento and familiar, vibrant music drawn from West Side Story.

Featured Performers

Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor Elizabeth   Rowe, flute Elizabeth Rowe, flute
Julia   Bullock, soprano Julia Bullock, soprano Frederica   von Stade, mezzo-soprano and host Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano and host
Program Notes Audio
BERNSTEIN - Divertimento for Orchestra
BERNSTEIN - Ḥalil, for flute and orchestra
BERNSTEIN - Vocal selections
BERNSTEIN - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story