November 21-26, Maskats, Tchaikovsky, Grigorjeva, and Shostakovich
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in the orchestra’s first-ever Symphony Hall performances of Shostakovich’s rarely heard Symphony No. 2, To October, written to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
This unusual work is a single, 20-minute movement in four sections, the last part being a choral finale on Alexander Bezemensky’s poem “To October,” addressed to Vladimir Lenin. These performances, part of Andris Nelsons’ and the BSO’s ongoing Shostakovich series, will be recorded for future release on Deutsche Grammophon.
Opening the program is the world premiere of a BSO-commissioned piece by Andris Nelsons’ Latvian compatriot, Arturs Muskats. Maskats is closely associated with the theater and has been artistic director of Latvian National Opera for more than two decades. The 18-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich, who made his BSO debut at Tanglewood in 2017, makes his subscription series debut in Tchaikovsky’s expressive and demanding Violin Concerto. On Leaving is a five-movement chorus-only setting of Orthodox prayers for the dead.by the important Ukraine-born Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva, whose work is strongly influenced by Slavonic church music.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
Matthew Anderson, tenor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
James Burton, conductor
Arturs MASKATS “My River runs to thee…”
(Homage to Emily Dickinson)
(world premiere; BSO co-commission)
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
Galina GRIGORJEVA On Leaving, for unaccompanied choir
James Burton, conductor (November 21, 23, 26)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 2, To October
You are invited to wear your favorite casual attire and to arrive early to enjoy a free, pre-concert reception before you take your seat. This lower-priced series also features a special section for Conductor-Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective. Then, immediately after the performance, head to the post-concert reception, where, besides enjoying live music, snacks, and a cash bar, you are invited to mingle and share what you’ve just experienced at the BSO concert.
BSO Open Rehearsals
BSO Open Rehearsals offer audience members a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between orchestra and conductor. Gain a better understanding of how the orchestra strives to refine its performance by occasionally repeating passages or focusing on a particular movement.