BSO NOW

Introducing BSO Now

Newly recorded hour-long video performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BSO musicians in chamber music Along with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra video performances under the title Music in Changing Times is being recorded at Symphony Hall throughout the season. Each video (along with curated archival performances) will launch on select Thursdays at noon, November 19 through April 29 and will be available for viewing for 30 days after each initial release date on the following schedule. All performances are subject to change based on COVID-19 restrictions that may impact the ability to produce new recordings.

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BSO Subscribers, Corporate Partners, Online College Card holders, and current BSO, Pops, and Tanglewood donors of $100 or more receive complimentary access to BSO NOW programs released through April 30, 2021. (BSO NOW programs are available to view for 30 days after release date.) Access is automatic after logging into the streaming portal here and no additional donation is required. If you are a current or past subscriber with questions about your BSO NOW access, please contact Customer Service at customerservice@bso.org or 617-266-1200. If you are a donor and have questions about your programming access, please contact the Friends of the BSO at friendsofthebso@bso.org.

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An overview of the programming can be found below:


BSONow 2021Music in Changing Times - Pathways of Romanticism

April 15, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program of Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

April 22, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10; Weber’s Clarinet Concertino with BSO Principal Clarinet William Hudgins as soloist, and Schumann’s Concertstück in F for four horns and orchestra, with BSO horn players Richard Sebring, Rachel Childers, Michael Winter, and Jason Snider.

April 29, at noon: All-Strauss program brings the BSO’s 2020-21 BSO NOW online streaming season to an end with the composer’s Wind Serenade, Op. 7, and Interludes from Intermezzo, under the direction of Andris Nelsons.

Please note: Each of the BSO’s Music in Changing Times online video programs will include magazine-style segment with musicians, composers, and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program.

Pathways of Romanticism - Full Schedule


BSONow 2021Music in Changing Times - A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars

March 11, at noon: Giancarlo Guerrero leads the BSO in Weill’s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Suite from Threepenny Opera), and Hindemith's Concert Music for strings and brass; chamber music performance of Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, featuring BSO musicians Bonnie Bewick and Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violins; Daniel Getz, viola; and Mickey Katz, cello.

March 18, at noon: David Robertson leads the BSO in Honeggger's Pastorale d’ete, Milhaud's La creation du monde, Op. 81 and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, featuring Inon Barnatan, piano; chamber music performance of Marion Bauer's Forgotten Modes, Op. 29, for solo flute featuring BSO Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Klein.

March 25, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 and Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 (an arrangement of Victor Youmans’ "Tea for Two"); chamber music performance of Eda Rapoport's Poem, Op. 14, for viola and piano, featuring BSO violist Michael Zaretsky, viola with Randall Hodgkinson, piano.

Please note: Each of the BSO’s Music in Changing Times online video programs will include magazine-style segment with musicians, composers, and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program.

A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars - Full Schedule


Performance Details
Streaming April 1 – May 1, 2021
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Colin Davis, conductor

WAGNER "Siegfried’s Rhine Journey" from Götterdämmerung (originally recorded on April 3, 1976)
SIBELIUS Symphony No 6. (originally recorded on November 29, 1975)
ELGAR Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) (originally recorded on January 7, 1978)

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From the BSO Archives

Colin Davis conducts Wagner, Sibelius and Elgar

The great English conductor Colin Davis (1927-2013), was the BSO’s principal guest conductor from 1972 to 1984, returning as a frequent guest in the early 2000s. This WGBH Evening at Symphony archival broadcast from the 1970s reflects several of Davis’s musical interests. He led the BSO in dozens of performances of music by the quintessential English composer Edward Elgar, including this 1978 reading of the composer’s colorful Cockaigne Overture—a fanciful picture of Elgar’s London. Davis was also a masterful opera conductor with the Royal Opera – Covent Garden and Sadler’s Wells; the orchestrally dazzling music of “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung opens this program. This performance of Sibelius's Sixth Symphony from 1975 is from the period when Davis and the BSO recorded the composer's complete symphonies for Philips. Those renditions are still considered among the definitive interpretations of that repertoire.

GO TO VIDEO: April 1, 12PM - May 1


Performance Details
Streaming April 8 – May 8, 2021
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

TCHAIKOVKSKY Swan Lake, Act II and Act III

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From the BSO Archives

Seiji Ozawa conducts Tchaikovsky

This WGBH Evening at Symphony broadcast features a 1978 performance led by Music Director Seiji Ozawa of two acts of Tchaikovsky's popular score for the ballet Swan Lake, which the orchestra was preparing to record at the time. Written in 1876 for Moscow's Boshoi Theater, Swan Lake is the first of the composer's three ballet masterpieces, which also include Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Seiji Ozawa and the orchestra recorded all three in the 1970s for Deutsche Grammophon. The conductor's balletic podium presence and attunement to orchestral color made him an outstanding interpreter of this beloved repertoire.

GO TO VIDEO: April 8, 12PM - May 8


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