February 8-10, Bach, Schumann, Shepherd and Mendelssohn

[Kirill Gerstein]

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.


TICKETS: February 8, 10:30AM (Open Rehearsal)

TICKETS: February 8, 8PM

TICKETS: February 9, 8PM Casual FridaY *

TICKETS: February 10, 8PM

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  1. Brian Bell takes a couple of minutes to sample the Leipzig Week program of February 8 to 10, 2018.
  2. Mendelssohn Video Podcast by Anthony Princiotti
  3. 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 min)
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)

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 by featuring three composers strongly associated with that city, plus a new work jointly commissioned by both ensembles from the accomplished American orchestral composer Sean Shepherd, a Tanglewood Music Center alumnus now based in New York City. The opener brings together three world-class virtuoso pianists for Bach's triple keyboard concerto, BWV 1063, possibly created for performances involving his two elder sons, W.F. and C.P.E Bach, at Zimmermann's coffeehouse in 1730s Leipzig. Closing the concert is the deeply Romantic Scottish Symphony of Felix Mendelssohn, who was music director of the Gewandhaus from 1835 to 1847. And it was Leipzig where Robert Schumann met his wife Clara and spent much of his early career; his two contrasting, rarely heard works for chorus and orchestra on this program date from the late 1840s.

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 "Rock Band."
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.