November 8-13 Shostakovich, Andris Dzenītis and Tchaikovsky

Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich, Andris Dzenītis and Tchaikovsky
The BSO and Andris Nelsons give the American premiere of Latvian composer Andris Dzenītis's orchestral work Māra, a BSO co-commission with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig.

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  • Video Promo: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 (Produced by Anthony Princiotti)
  • Video Promo: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Atc II (Produced by Anthony Princiotti)
  • Brian Bell provides a 60 second Snapshot of the program of November 8-13, 2018.
  • BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons speaks with Brian Bell about the program of November 8-13, 2018.
  • Video Podcast: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 (Produced by Anthony Princiotti)
  • Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger and Marc Mandel.
  • Composer Andris Dzenītis chats with Brian Bell about his Māra, which receives its American premiere on November 8-13, 2018.

 

Andris Nelsons, conductor

Andris DZENĪTIS Māra (American premiere;
    BSO co-commission) (18 min)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 (33 min)
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker, Act II (45 min)

The BSO and Andris Nelsons give the American premiere of Latvian composer Andris Dzenītis's orchestral work Māra, a BSO co-commission with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. This is one of two works being performed by the BSO this season to mark the 100th anniversary of Latvian independence (declared November 18, 1918). Dzenītis calls his new work, which is dedicated to Andris Nelsons and takes its title from a goddess in Latvian mythology, "the musical encoding of my personal understanding of what it means to be Latvian." Opening the program is Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1, to be recorded live as part of Andris Nelsons and the BSO's multi-season exploration of the composer's symphonies. Shostakovich wrote this symphony while he was still a student, and it immediately established him as one of Russia's leading artistic figures. Completing the program is Act II of Tchaikovsky's vibrant, beloved ballet score The Nutcracker, which includes the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the famous series of exotic national dances well-known from the popular Nutcracker Suite.