October 3-5, Lee, Shostakovich, and Smetana
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Andris Nelsons conducts Lee, Shostakovich, and Smetana featuring pianist Yuja Wang and BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs
Firebrand Chinese pianist Yuja Wang returns to Symphony Hall to perform Shostakovich’s brightly powerful Piano Concerto No. 1, which includes virtuosic exchanges between the pianist and a solo trumpet, here the BSO’s principal trumpet, Thomas Rolfs.
Opening the program is American composer James Lee III’s celebratory, at times mysterious Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula, a ten-minute work referring to the autumnal Feast of the Tabernacles. (Lee was a 2002 Fellow of the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center.) Closing the program is music from Bedřich Smetana’s patriotic orchestral cycle Má Vlast (“My Country”), colorful and widely varying musical pictures evoking the composer’s Czech homeland.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Thomas Rolfs, trumpet
James LEE III Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1
SMETANA Selection from Má Vlast
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