September 19-21, Poulenc, Beethoven, and Nathan

Andris Nelsons standing in Symphony Hall Balcony

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Andris Nelsons conducts Poulenc, Beethoven, and Nathan

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the opening concerts of the orchestra’s 2019–20 season, which features the world premiere of the second BSO commission by the young American composer Eric Nathan, his Concerto for Orchestra, which highlights the virtuosity of the BSO’s various instrumental sections.

Two Poulenc works of diverse character frame the program: his exciting, neo-Baroque Concerto in D minor for two pianos—here featuring the Dutch duo-pianist brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen in their BSO debuts—and one of the most significant works first premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the French composer’s optimistic and lyrical Gloria, here with soprano Nicole Cabell and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. In addition, the TFC, six recent Vocal Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, and piano soloist Arthur Jussen join the BSO for Beethoven’s majestic Choral Fantasy.

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Lucas and Arthur Jussen, pianos
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Alexandra Smither, soprano
Paulina Swierczek, soprano
Katherine Maysek, mezzo-soprano
Chance Jonas-O’Toole, tenor
Eric Finbarr Carey, tenor
William Socolof, bass-baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
     James Burton, conductor

POULENC Concerto in D minor for two pianos 
      and orchestra
BEETHOVEN Fantasy in C minor for piano, chorus, 
      and orchestra
Eric NATHAN Concerto for Orchestra (world premiere; 
      BSO commission)
POULENC Gloria, for soprano, chorus, and orchestra


This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.
This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.