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.

Access the complete series of BSO videos through April 2021 for a donation of $100 or more.

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Information on Complimentary Access:
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:


BSONowMusic in Changing Times - Pathways of Romanticism

April 15, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and soloist Baiba Skride in Schumann’s Violin Concerto on a program with Brahms’ Serenade No. 2.

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


BSONowMusic 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


BSONowMusic in Changing Times - The Spirit of Beethoven

February 11, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, and Hannah Kendall’s Disillusioned Dreamer; chamber music performance of Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, featuring BSO musicians Catherine French and Xin Ding, violins; Mary Ferrillo, viola; and Mickey Katz, cello.

February 18, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, and Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht; chamber music performance of Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, featuring BSO musicians Cynthia Meyers, flute; Danny Kim, viola; and Jessica Zhou, harp.

Februrary 25, at noon: Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 and Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers; chamber music performance of Schoenberg’s Phantasy for violin and piano, featuring BSO violinist Haldan Martinson and guest pianist Max Levinson.

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.

The Spirit of Beethoven - Full Schedule


Performance Details
Streaming March 4 – April 3, 2021
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WILLIAM STEINBERG, conductor


HOLST "Mercury" from The Planets (Recorded October 7, 1969)
ELGAR Symphony No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 63 (Recorded October 6, 1970)

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From the BSO Archives

William Steinberg conducts Holst and Elgar

The second of four archival programs featuring artists who enjoyed especially close relationships with the orchestra. All four programs were originally produced and distributed by Boston public broadcaster GBH for the iconic Evening at Symphony television series. Longtime CRB announcer Brian McCreath will serve as host for the archival BSO NOW streams.

The German-born conductor William Steinberg was the BSO’s Music Director from 1969 until 1972, succeeding Erich Leinsdorf. Steinberg, who founded the orchestra that became the Israel Philharmonic, was 70 when he took on his BSO role, and health issues limited his scope. He was known for his deeply musical, classically restrained approach to the repertoire. In these performances from 1969 and 1970, he leads music by two great composers from early 20th-century England. Opening the program is Gustav Holst’s "Mercury" from his most popular work, The Planets. Based on the astrological properties of the heavenly bodies, Holst’s suite covers immense expressive territory. “Mercury,” as one might guess, is a light and scherzo-like movement, as befitting the winged messenger of the Roman gods. Holst’s older colleague Edward Elgar was the most important composer in his country’s reclaiming of a national musical voice with such works as the Enigma Variations. "I have written out my soul" in the Symphony No. 2, he revealed to a friend. Dedicated to King Edward VII in memoriam, the Second is grand orchestral edifice that Elgar—in spite of the work’s melancholic shadows—referred to as his "spirit of delight" symphony.

GO TO VIDEO: March 4, 12PM - April 3


 

Performance Details
Recording date: April 26, 1975
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SEIJI OZAWA, conductor
SUSAN DAVENNY WYNER, soprano
MAUREEN FORRESTER, contralto
NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY CHORUS, LORNA COOKE DEVARON, conductor


MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection

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From the BSO Archives

Seiji Ozawa Conducts Mahler

February  4, 12PM - March 6

Originally recorded on April 26, 1975, this stream includes Seiji Ozawa, who was just two years into his tenure as BSO Music Director, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory Chorus in Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2 Resurrection with soprano soloist Susan Davenny Wyner and contralto soloist Maureen Forrester. This historic performance marks the first of more than 40 occasions on which Ozawa conducted the BSO in Mahler’s Second, which he also recorded in the 1980s as part of a complete Mahler symphony cycle for the Philips label. The piece became one of the orchestra’s signature works with Ozawa. Conducting the entire piece with no score, Ozawa exhibits in this concert stream his trademark fluidity and elegance. Joining the ensemble is the great Canadian alto Maureen Forrester and soprano Susan Davenny Wyner, who went on to forge her own career as a conductor and is still a cherished member of Boston’s music community today. The New England Conservatory Chorus was prepared by the venerable Lorna Cooke DeVaron, who was the founding director of choral activities at New England Conservatory and a pioneering teacher of several generations of American choral directors. Also on view are many of the symphony players who defined the sound of the BSO in that era, such as flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer, oboist Ralph Gomberg, trumpeter Armando Ghitalla, and timpanist Everett Firth.

GO TO VIDEO: February 4, 12PM - March 6


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