November 30-December 2: Bermel, Prokofiev and Strauss
Andris Nelsons and Leonidas Kavakos
team up for Prokofiev's violin concerto no. 2 on a program that
also includes music by Strauss and Derek Bermel, November 30-
In the first collaboration between two of classical music's most prominent artists, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos come together for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2.
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About the Music: Podcasts & Program Notes
- Program Snapshot by Brian Bell.
- Audio Concert Preview, written by Robert Kirzinger, Richard Dyer and Marc Mandel.
- BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons speaks with Brian Bell about the Strauss Alpine Symphony, which is being performed November 30-December 2, 2017.
- Composer Derek Bermel talks with Brian Bell about Elixir, being played by the BSO on November 30-December 2, 2017.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Derek BERMEL Elixir
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony
In the first collaboration between two of classical music's most prominent artists, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos come together November 30-December 2 for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, a melodious later work with audible influences from Russian and Spanish folk music. Maestro Nelsons also continues his exploration of the music of Richard Strauss, closing the program with the vivid tone poem An Alpine Symphony. The program begins with Derek Bermel's 2006 Elixir, which the American composer describes as "a spectral love potion" and which calls on the distinctive and haunting theremin, one of the earliest electronic instruments. This is one of several works by younger American composers being presented during the BSO's 2017-18 season.