February 8-10, Bach, Schumann, Shepherd and Mendelssohn
Andris Nelsons conducts J.S.
Bach, Schumann, Shepherd and Mendelssohn featuring
pianists Thomas Adès, Kirill Gerstein and Jean-Yves
Thibaudet, February 8-10
This excitingly varied, Leipzig-centric program-the BSO's first "Leipzig Week in Boston"-celebrates Andris Nelsons and the BSO's compelling new collaboration with the venerable Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
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About the Music: Podcasts & Program Notes
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Program notes are generally posted the week of the performance date.
- Brian Bell takes a couple of minutes to sample the Leipzig Week program of February 8 to 10, 2018.
- Mendelssohn Video Podcast by Anthony Princiotti
- Composer Sean Shepard talks with Brian Bell about Express Abstractionism, music inspired by Calder, Richter, Kandinsky and Mondrian, receiving its world premiere on February 8-10, 2018.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Thomas Adès, piano
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
David Kravitz, baritone (Feb 8 and 10 only)
Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
James Burton, conductor
J.S. BACH Concerto in D minor for three pianos, BWV 1063 (15
SCHUMANN Nachtlied and Neujahrslied, for chorus and orchestra (Feb 8 and 10 only) (18 min)
Sean SHEPHERD Express Abstractionism (world premiere; BSO co-commission)
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, Scottish (39 min)
Casual Fridays Concert
*The BSO, in collaboration with MIT, 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
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.
Pre-concert remarks from the stage will be by Richard Sebring, BSO horn.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Alliance is supported by a leadership gift from the Gregory E. Bulger Foundation/Gregory Bulger & Richard Dix.