January 10-12 Harbison, Mozart and Vaughan Williams
Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison, Mozart and Vaughan Williams featuring Alessio Bax, piano
English conductor Sir Andrew Davis and the BSO are joined by Italian pianist Alessio Bax in his BSO debut for one of Mozart's stormiest works, his C minor piano concerto, No. 24, one of the unsurpassed series of concertos from the height of his Vienna popularity.
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Program notes are generally posted the week of the performance date.
- Composer John Harbison chats with Brian Bell about his Second Symphony, being performed on January 10 and 12, 2019.
- Video Promo by Anthony Princiotti.
- Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 Video by Anthony Princiotti.
- Audio Concert Preview.
- Sir Andrew Davis speaks with Brian Bell
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
John HARBISON Symphony No. 2 (22 min) (January 10 & 12 only)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 (28 min)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5 (35 min)
Immediately following the Friday evening Casual Friday concert, the audience is invited to pick up refreshments at one of our first-floor lounge spaces and may then return to the concert hall at 9:40pm for a special 30-minute performance by the BSO’s own Tanglewood Festival Chorus, led by conductor James Burton, of Ildebrando Pizzetti’s “Messa di Requiem” for unaccompanied chorus. Alternatively, audience members may choose to attend the post-concert reception in Higginson Hall, featuring live music with the Tucker Antell Quintet.
English conductor Sir Andrew Davis and the BSO are joined by Italian pianist Alessio Bax in his BSO debut for one of Mozart's stormiest works, his C minor piano concerto, No. 24, one of the unsurpassed series of concertos from the height of his Vienna popularity. Opening the concert is Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison's 1986 Symphony No. 2, the four movements of which are called "Dawn," "Daylight," "Dusk," and "Darkness"-keys to its evolving expressive and musical character. This is one of several Harbison works being performed this year to mark the 80th birthday year of a composer closely associated with the BSO. Steeped in the musical tradition of England, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony was composed at the beginning of World War II but maintains an optimistic and affirmative outlook.
Test your talent at the Instrument Bar!
Brought to you by the BSO Young Professionals Group, the Instrument Bar offers an opportunity to explore and play instruments of the orchestra pre-concert. See if you have a hidden talent or just have fun experimenting with different sounds while enjoying your favorite beverage and meeting other patrons. Instrument bar Locations: Cabot-Cahners room, O'Block-Kay room, and outside the Symphony Shop.