BSO at Home: Musicians

BSO at Home: Musicians

BSO musicians share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome.

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"Say A Name"
"Say A Name" by BSO bassist Lawrence Wolfe, written in response to the nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd. This arrangement for string quartet features a collaboration between BSO members and two of our BSO community partners, Castle of Our Skins and Project STEP.

With deep gratitude to musicians Amir Ali, violin; Lucia Lin, violin; Ashleigh Gordon, viola; and Owen Young, cello, all of whom volunteered their time for this project.

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"Say A Name" Lyrics
Say a name, say it loud
Say a name, make it proud
We are all in that name,
Say a name.

Let that name make us one,
All the same 'neath the sun,
We will march for that name,
Let it not be in vain,
Say a name.

Doctor King had a dream
(I have a dream)
Doctor King had a dream like no other:

He said 'let freedom ring'
(Let freedom ring)
Let us join hands as Sisters and Brothers!

Say a name, say it loud
Say a name, say it proud
May that name make us one,
All the same 'neath the sun,
Say his name, Say her name,
Say a name.

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Notes of Appreciation
BSO players show their appreciation for local healthcare workers with weekly video "notes" delivered to area hospitals from an orchestra member, thanking the hospital staff for what they are doing and the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe during this crisis. The musician then plays a favorite piece selected for the front line COVID-19 heroes. #BSOatHome #stayathome

Boston Pops/BSO and Boston Ballet present “White Swan"
Boston Pops Assistant Concertmaster Elita Kang and Principal Harpist Jessica Zhou join Boston Ballet Principal Dancers (and real-life partners) Paulo Arrais and Derek Dunn in a collaboration inspired by the famous Act II pas de deux from Swan Lake. Usually danced by a ballerina and male dancer, in the respective roles of the white swan Odette and Prince Siegfried, this version choreographed by Arrais features the romantic duet between two male dancers filmed by and in the home of Boston Ballet Soloist Isaac Akiba.

"I’ve been a ballet lover since childhood, so the prospect of being able to collaborate with dancers, even remotely, is a dream come true for me,” says Kang, who came up with the idea. “We at the BSO perform a great deal of music that spans many genres, but we rarely get to collaborate with ballet dancers, hence the idea.” She reached out to Arrais, who then created the special choreography.

“Collaborating with musicians from the BSO has always been a dream of mine. When I received the video and sound content from Jessica and Elita, my mind overflowed with inspiration. Working alongside my partner, Derek Dunn, was truly special,” says Arrais. “Reinventing our way of creating art is humbling during this unprecedented time in our modern history. More than ever artists must continue to share their vision, creativity, and shared sense of humanity.”

“It has given us something concrete to work on in a time when our worlds have come to a screeching halt,” Kang adds. “To be able to create something slightly different from a beloved classic while forming new relationships with great artists from another wonderful artistic organization has been a real pleasure.”

Did You Know?

Did you know...that musicians need more than just their instruments to practice? Visit BSO members Kathryn Sievers and Dan Bauch as they offer a tour of their practice setups at home!

Did you know...that BSO members love to perform with their kids? Join violist Michael Zaretsky and his daughter, Liana, in this special duet; and violinist Xin Ding who accompanies her son, Henry, on the piano!

Did you know...that musicians like to prank each other on stage? Listen to one of bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen's favorite BSO memories.

Originally presented as part of the July 4 "A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes" broadcast, we hope you enjoy this socially-distant rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by members of the BSO Viola section

Featuring: Steven Ansell, Principal, Cathy Basrak, Assistant Principal, Danny Kim, Rebecca Gitter, Daniel Getz, Rebekah Edewards, Kathyrn Sievers, Mary Ferrillo, and Steven Laraia.

While staying home, BSO Bassist Tom van Dyck shares a #stayathome performance of part of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. #BSOatHome.

Enjoy an at-home performance of the second movement of Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2 by members of the BSO string section: Violinist Cathy French, Violinist Xin Ding, Violist Mary Ferrillo, Violist Daniel Getz, and Cellist Adam Esbensen.

BSO Violist Kathryn Sievers shares a series of videos to share what she's been up to while staying home with her family.

Kathryn Sievers: Practice Room Tour

Kathryn Sievers: How I Got Started

Kathryn Sievers: Song of Comfort

Kathryn Sievers: Family

Kathryn Sievers: What the Audience Means to Me

What has BSO Assistant Timpanist Dan Bauch been up to while staying at home? Get a tour of his home studio setup and learn more about his home work routine.

BSO Violist Michael Zaretsky performs a special duet with his daughter, violinist Liana Zaretsky.

BSO Principal Clarinetist William R. Hudgins and clarinetist Catherine Hudgins perform part of “Spirit” a Concerto for 2 clarinets by Daniel Crozier.

BSO Bass Player John Stovall gets some help from a little friend to find the perfect practice space at his barn in the Berkshires. #BSOatHome #stayathome

BSO Violist Michael Zaretsky shares how he first fell in love with the viola and music and how he became a member of the BSO. Enjoy an at-home performance of his favorite Bach cello suite, No. 4 in E-flat Major. #BSOatHome #StayAtHome

John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, reflects on the loss of his friend and colleague at the Metropolitan Orchestra, Vincent Lionti, who passed away from the coronavirus. To honor him, John shares a recording of Adaggio by Joseph-Hector Fiocco. #BSOatHome #StayatHome

BSO Violinist Valeria Kuchment shares the story of how she began to play the violin as a child and performs a movement from Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola with BSO Violist Danny Kim. #BSOatHome #StayatHome

BSO Violinist Lucia Lin has been using her #stayathome time to spend time with family and reconnect remotely with old friends. We can't wait to hear her perform in Symphony Hall again, but she has shared this moving excerpt (in all four parts!) of Leroy Anderson's "Forgotten Dreams." #BSOatHome

BSO Bass Trombonist Jim Markey shares how he and his family of musicians stay connected to their music and to each other by practicing music by favorite composers and by playing informal jam sessions while they #stayathome. #BSOatHome

A tiny concert for Lois and friends
BSO Second Horn Rachel Childers performs Etude No. 8 for Cornet by N. Bousquet in a #stayathome concert for some very special guests. #BSOatHome

BSO violist Danny Kim plays a special melody that reminds him of home and shares how he stays connected to friends, family, and students while he #staysathome. #BSOatHome

BSO Principal Horn James Somerville has been using his some of his #stayathome time to practice a few instruments he doesn't play on stage at Symphony Hall. Enjoy his riff of the day! #BSOatHome

BSO Violist Kathryn Sievers and her daughter Flora prove that their living room is the perfect place for a stage as they perform a very special #stayathome duet. #BSOatHome

Celebrated children's book author Jan Brett shares a reading of Berlioz The Bear in this special installment of #BSOatHome. Learn more about how this story came to life and hear "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov, played by some of the BSO musicians who inspired the story's characters.

BSO Violist Mary Ferrillo has been using her #stayathome time to practice new pieces and spend time with her adorable dog. Meet Roland and enjoy this excerpt of 27 Pieces for Viola da Gamba by Carl Friedrich Abel. #BSOatHome

#Stayathome dance parties are extra fun when your mom is BSO Principal Harpist Jessica Zhou! We're kicking off this week of #BSOatHome with beautiful harp music and some excellent dance choreography. #MondayMotivation

Married Boston Symphony Orchestra players Ala and Mihail Jojatu are making the most of their #stayathome experience by practicing duets after years of playing together on stage with the rest of the Symphony. Enjoy their performance of the first movement of Beethoven’s Duet for Violin and Cello in C Major. #BSOatHome

Direct from his home practice pod, BSO Assistant Principal Trumpet Tom Siders shares his #stayathome practice strategy and a selection from Reginaldo Caffarelli’s Etudes. #BSOatHome

BSO Third Horn Michael Winter shares some of his favorite musical memories while he #staysathome. Learn about the special family history and tradition behind Mike’s instrument and why Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Strauss’ Alpine Symphony are two of his favorite pieces to play. #BSOatHome

BSO Second Horn Rachel Childers shares how she copes with the current circumstances as she #staysathome with her family. Watch to learn about the history of Rachel’s instrument, her project to help beginner horn players, and how the song “Old Town Road” is helping her family stay healthy and happy. #BSOatHome

BSO Associate Principal Bassoon Rick Ranti and Oboist Andrea Bonsignore share their favorite forms of #stayathome therapy. Learn more about the music they are playing, the at-home projects they are tackling, and the cookies they are baking! #BSOatHome

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