Boston Symphony Chamber Players Nine-City European Tour

BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS TO EMBARK ON A NINE-CITY EUROPEAN TOUR MAY 9–21
The Boston Symphony Chamber Players—one of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles sponsored by a major symphony orchestra and made up of principal players from that orchestra—will be making Return Appearances in Germany, Czech Republic, and Denmark, and First-ever Appearances in Turkey, Poland, Luxembourg, and Ireland

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The 2019 European tour will feature the following Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians: Haldan Martinson, principal second violin; Alexander Velinzon, associate concertmaster; Steven Ansell, principal viola; Blaise Déjardin, principal cellist; Edwin Barker, principal bass; Elizabeth Rowe, principal flute; John Ferrillo, principal oboe; William R. Hudgins, principal clarinet; Richard Svoboda, principal bassoon; and Richard Sebring, associate principal horn. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a frequent collaborator with the BSCP, will join the group for the tour.

Many of the works included in the spring 2019 European tour programs of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players have become musical “calling cards” of the ensemble. Beethoven’s beloved Septet for winds and strings was featured in the very first concert of the Chamber Players, in November 1964. Michael Gandolfi’s Plain Song, Fantastic Dances, composed in 2005 for the same instrumentation as the Beethoven, has been one of its most successful and often performed commissions. The work was recorded by the group for BSO Classics and has been the cornerstone of numerous programs since its first performance. Another work featured on a Chamber Players’ CD release, and also part of its spring 2019 programming, is the Dixtuor by Jean Françaix, showcasing the ensemble’s strength in French repertoire. Additional tour repertoire includes Barber’s Summer Music for wind quintet; Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34; Poulenc’s Sextet for piano and wind quintet; Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 43 in C Hob.XV:27; and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, K.370. The Boston Symphony’s musicians have appeared with distinguished American pianist Garrick Ohlsson on a regular basis since 1971. In works ranging from the classics to the music of our time, the partnership with Mr. Ohlsson—on this tour, in repertoire stapes by Haydn, Brahms, and Poulenc—is one of the strongest of any guest artist with the ensemble.

Istanbul, Turkey
İş Sanat Concert Hall 
Thursday, May 9, 8:30 p.m.

BARBER Summer Music for wind quintet
FRANÇAIX Dixtuor for wind quintet and string quintet
BRAHMS Quintet in F minor for piano and strings, Op. 34

Berlin, Germany
Pierre Boulez Saal
Saturday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Michael GANDOLFI Plain Song, Fantastic Dances
HAYDN Piano Trio No. 43 in C, Hob.XV:27
POULENC Sextet for piano and wind quintet
BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat for strings and winds, Op. 20

Munich, Germany
Herkulessaal
Sunday, May 12, 7 p.m.

Michael GANDOLFI Plain Song, Fantastic Dances
HAYDN Piano Trio No. 43 in C, Hob.XV:27
POULENC Sextet for piano and wind quintet
BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat for strings and winds, Op. 20

Warsaw, Poland
Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m.

BARBER Summer Music for wind quintet
FRANÇAIX Dixtuor for wind quintet and string quintet
BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Luxembourg
Philharmonie
Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m.

MOZART Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370
POULENC Sextet for piano and wind quintet
BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Prague, Czech Republic
Rudolfinium
Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m.

HAYDN Piano Trio No. 43 in C major, Hob.XV:27
FRANÇAIX Dixtuor for wind quintet and string quintet
BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Aalborg, Denmark
Musikkens Hus
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.

MOZART Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370
BARBER Summer Music for wind quintet
FRANÇAIX Dixtuor for wind quintet and string quintet
BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat for strings and winds, Op. 20

Aarhus, Denmark
Musikhuset
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.
 
MOZART Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370
BARBER Summer Music for wind quintet
FRANÇAIX Dixtuor for wind quintet and string quintet
BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat for strings and winds, Op. 20

Dublin, Ireland
National Concert Hall
Tuesday, May 21, 8 p.m.

FRANÇAIX Dixtuor for wind quintet and string quintet
MOZART Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370
Michael GANDOLFI Plain Song, Fantastic Dances
BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat for strings and winds, Op. 20