January 4-9, Méhul, Mozart and Beethoven

[Benjamin Grosvenor]

François-Xavier Roth conducts Méhul, Mozart and Beethoven featuring pianist Benjamin Grosvenor
The young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is soloist in one of Mozart's most familiar concertos, No. 21 in C, an elegant, good-natured work written and premiered in Vienna in spring 1785.

The performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 are supported in part by a grant from The E. Nakamichi Foundation.



TICKETS: January 6, 8PM

TICKETS: January 7, 5PM***

TICKETS: January 9, 8PM

Purchase a Pre-Concert Meal Ahead of Time Online!  
All orders must be placed 72 hours prior to the performance. 
Please note there are no pre-concert meals available for Casual Friday Performances. 

***Due to the weather forecast for the greater Boston area, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performance scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 8PM, has been postponed to Sunday, January 7 at 5pm. Ticket holders may attend at that time, or exchange their tickets for the Tuesday, January 9, 8pm performance. Please call SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 tomorrow morning starting at 10am when our offices reopen for assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your ongoing patronage.

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  1. Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer.
  2. Brian Bell unwraps the BSO program of Mehul, Mozart and Beethoven being performed on January 4-9, 2018.
  3. Guest Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth speaks about the program of Mehul, Mozart and Beethoven, being performed on January 4-9, 2018.
  4. Video Podcast: Beethoven Symphony No. 5 by Anthony Princiotti.

François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

MÉHUL Overture to The Amazons, or The Founding of Thebes (JANUARY 4, 6 & 9 ONLY)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Two cornerstones of the repertoire anchor this program. The young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is soloist in one of Mozart's most familiar concertos, No. 21 in C, an elegant, good-natured work written and premiered in Vienna in spring 1785. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is the concerto's polar opposite in mood,a stormy struggle against destiny with a well-earned victory at the close. Opening the program is a rarity: the overture to the 1811 opera The Amazons by the highly successful and prolific opera composer Étienne Méhul, a contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven.

The January 5 performance is a "Casual Fridays" evening!

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. 
Pre-concert remarks from the stage will be by BSO Principal Clarinet, William R. Hudgins.
Use your smartphone during the concert!
We will be using ConcertCue during the January 5 Casual Fridays performance! oncertCue is a mobile web application that streams synchronized program notes during a live musical performance. These program notes include text, images, and other rich media, precisely timed to important events in the music itself. The goal is to help audience members better appreciate and understand the music they hear.
Please select Conductor Cam seating if you wish to use ConcertCue during the performance.