October 29 - November 2, Leipzig Week in Boston


Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Leipzig Week Events
October 27 Through November 2

Now in the third year of this unprecedented partnership in the world of orchestral music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Alliance explore the many historic connections between these two world-famous orchestras, inspire new cultural exchanges, and create a wide spectrum of performance and educational programs designed to bring a new dimension of concert experience to each of the orchestras' respective audiences.

Leonidas KavakosOctober 27, 3pm
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

TICKETS: October 27, 3PM

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Gautier Capuçon, cello
BRAHMS Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra
SCHUBERT Symphony in C, The Great

Presented in association with the Celebrity Series of Boston

October 29, 2019, 5:30-7pm
Illustrated Talk at the Boston Public Library

SCHUBERT Quintet in C, D. 956
     I. Allegro ma non troppo

Alexander Velinzon & Tatiana Dimitriades, violin; Danny Kim, viola; Mickey Katz & Adam Esbensen, cello

19th-Century Commissions in Leipzig
A survey of the GHO's rich historical tradition of commissioning new works.

Professor Christoph Wolff; Dr. Daniel Beller-McKenna of UNH; Mark DeVoto on Schubert C Major Symphony


October 29, 8pm
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

TICKETS: October 29, 8PM

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello
MAHLER Blumine
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, Scottish

The second concert of “Leipzig Week in Boston” features music with many Leipzig connections. Gustav Mahler’s Blumine, which Mahler had included as the second movement of his First Symphony, was written during his time as assistant to Arthur Nikisch at the Leipzig Opera. (He later removed Blumine from the piece.) Robert Schumann spent the bulk of his musical life in Leipzig and married Clara Wieck there. His Cello Concerto is a wonderfully lyrical work from 1850. Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig where Andris Nelsons is Kapellmeister; Nelsons was born in Riga where Wagner was musical director of theater in Riga. It was during a storm-tossed journey by ship from Riga to London that Wagner conceived his opera The Flying Dutchman. Felix Mendelssohn, Gewandhauskapellmeister from 1835 to 1847, was inspired to compose his high-spirited Symphony No. 3 by a youthful journey to Scotland. He led its premiere with the GHO in 1842.

October 30, 2019, 5:30-7pm
Illustrated Talk at the Boston Public Library

REICHA Quintet for Winds in E-flat, Op. 88, No. 2
     I Lento. Allegro Moderato (GHO Quintet)
     II Menuetto: Allegro (BSO Quintet)
      III Poco andante - Grazioso (BSO Quintet)
      IV Finale: Allegretto (GHO Quintet)

Sonic Differences: variations between Leipzig & Boston
Professor Christoph Wolff moderates panel of instrumentalists from BSO/GHO.


LatryOctober 31-November 2
Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

TICKETS: October 31, 8PM

TICKETS: November 1, 6PM

TICKETS: November 2, 8PM

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Olivier Latry, organ
John Ferrillo, oboe
Richard Svoboda, bassoon
Frank-Michael Erben, violin
Christian Giger, cello
STRAUSS Festive Prelude, for organ and orchestra
HAYDN Sinfonia concertante in B-flat for oboe, bassoon,
      violin, and cello
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht (Oct. 31 & Nov. 2 only)
SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy

To conclude “Leipzig Week in Boston,” an intermixed orchestra of BSO and Gewandhausorchester members plays three concerts under Andris Nelsons’ direction. Haydn’s 1792 Sinfonia concertante—here featuring soloists from both the BSO and the GHO—was written during the first of the composer’s wildly successful visits to England, for which he also wrote the twelve “London” symphonies. Richard Strauss’ Festive Prelude for organ and orchestra, featuring French organist Olivier Latry as soloist, was written for the opening of Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 1913; its only BSO performances were later that same year. The organ also has a major role in the Russian composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin’s lushly exotic Poem of Ecstasy (1908), which features kaleidoscopic orchestral effects and rich, post-Romantic harmonies. Completing the program is Schoenberg’s intoxicating Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”) for strings, an 1899 tone poem considered to be the composer’s first masterpiece.