January 9-14, Debussy, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns

Alain Altinoglu conducts Debussy, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns featuring organist Thierry Escaich
French conductor Alain Altinoglu, who first conducted the BSO in spring 2017, returns with an all-French program featuring the debut of the outstanding French organist Thierry Escaich in two works showcasing the Symphony Hall organ.

Francis Poulenc described his ambitious 1938 Organ Concerto as being close in intent to his religious music. The concerto was given its American premiere by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops with organist E. Power Biggs in 1941 in Symphony Hall. Closing the program is Camille Saint-Saëns’ popular, exuberant Symphony No. 3, which features the organ as a solo and orchestral instrument. Altinoglu also leads his own orchestral suite of music from Claude Debussy’s uniquely gorgeous and probing operatic masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande.

Alain Altinoglu, conductor
Thierry Escaich, organ
DEBUSSY (arr. ALTINOGLU) Suite from Pelléas 
      et Mélisande

POULENC Concerto for Organ, String Orchestra,
      and Timpani
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony