May 2-4 Strauss, Currier and Stravinsky
Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss, Currier and Stravinsky featuring Baiba Skride, violin
The Latvian violinist Baiba Skride joins her compatriot Andris Nelsons and the BSO for the world premiere of Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Sebastian Currier's Aether for violin and orchestra, a work co-commissioned by the BSO and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig.
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- Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Video Preview by Anthony Princiotti.
- Petrushka Video Preview by Anthony Princiotti.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Sebastian CURRIER Aether, for violin and orchestra
(world premiere; BSO co-commission)
Two unpredictable musical rogues bookend the new work: Till Eulenspiegel, who in Strauss's tone poem thumbs his nose at the establishment, rides his horse through a market, and comes to no good end; and Stravinsky's puppet-come-to-life Petrushka, whose attempts to win the admiration of a ballerina come to naught. In his second full ballet score for the Ballets Russes, two years before The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky's astonishing musical depictions of a Russian Shrovetide fair further cemented the reputation of the young composer of The Firebird.