January 14- 21: New Beginnings


New Beginnings

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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Videos in This Series:

Stefan Asbury

Performance Details
Stefan Asbury, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin
Thomas ADÈS Dawn
DEBUSSY Printemps
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending 

Feature: Said the River

SMETANA The Moldau, from My Country

Chamber Music Performance
with Jorge Soto, conductor

Elena LANGER Five Reflections on Water 

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January  14, 12PM - February 13

In January, the three episodes in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s second BSO NOW streaming concert series explore different facets of the concept "New Beginnings." The first episode’s BSO performances, led by conductor Stefan Asbury, focus on the idea of rejuvenation in the natural world: Smetana’s depiction of the river Moldau from its source to its end, Debussy’s colorful, musical Spring, and Thomas Adès’ Dawn, an addition to the great tradition of musical sunrises. American violinist Elena Urioste is soloist in Vaughan Williams’ ever-fresh, bucolic The Lark Ascending. Elena Langer’s chamber music work Five Reflections on Water was commissioned for and originally premiered by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, who perform it here with guest conductor Jorge Soto. This episode also includes a rhapsodic feature exploring musical depictions of rivers as a complement to Smetana's The Moldau, as well as introductory remarks by BSO violinist Jennie Shames and a conversation between conductor Stefan Asbury and soloist Elena Urioste. 

Available January 14 at 12PM through February 13

GO TO VIDEO: January 14, 12PM - February 14

Thomas Wilkins conducting

Performance Details
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Hector Del Curto, bandoneón

Kareem ROUSTOM Aleppo Songs (selection)

Feature: Bandoneón: A Beautiful Monster

PIAZZOLLA Aconcagua, Concerto for bandoneón and orchestra

HINDEMITH Symphony, Mathis der Maler

Feature: Finding Home, composers in search of place

Chamber Music Performance
Victor Romanul, violin; Wendy Putnam, violin; Mary Ferrillo, viola; Adam Esbensen, cello

Carlos SIMON Warmth From Other Suns, for string quartet

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January 21, 12PM - February 20

Led by BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins, Episode 2 of the series examines the role of place and home in an artist’s experience. The Syrian-born, Boston-based composer Kareem Roustom embraces the land of his youth in three of his Aleppo Songs, based on urban folk music of that ancient city. Although he grew up largely in New York City, the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla’s musical "home" was Buenos Aires and the tango, which he transformed with unique sophistication. Hector Del Curto channels Piazzolla’s spirit as soloist in the composer’s bandoneón concerto Aconcagua, named for an Argentine mountain. Paul Hindemith remained true to his artistic principles even in light of his oppression by the Third Reich, which led to his immigration to the U.S. in 1940. His 1934 Symphony, Mathis der Maler, an orchestral parallel to his opera of the same name, concerns the Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald’s struggle for artistic freedom during a time of social strife. Concluding this episode is Atlanta-born composer Carlos Simon’s brief string quartet Warmth from Other Suns, which references the great Black writer Richard Wright’s quote about the Great Migration of the 20th century, in which millions of African Americans left the Jim Crow South to seek new lives in the North. Also part of this program are a dynamic feature on the bandoneón with soloist Hector Del Curto, plus a conversation with Kareem Roustom as part of a feature on composers finding their artistic voice far from their place of birth.

Available January 21 at 12PM through February 20

GO TO VIDEO: January 21, 12PM - February 21

Anna Rakitina

Performance Details
Anna Rakitina, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Feature: BSO bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen speaks with Anna Rakitina

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical

Feature: Arrivals

Arvo PÄRT Fratres, for violin, strings, and percussion
GIL SHAHAM, solo violin

STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

Chamber Music Performance
Elizabeth Klein, flute; Thomas Martin, clarinet; Thomas Siders, trumpet; Valeria Vilker Kuchment, violin
with Vytas Baksys, piano

Introduction by composer Missy Mazzoli 
Missy MAZZOLI Set That On Fire

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January  28, 12PM - February 27

BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina makes her debut with the orchestra leading works representing the distinctive voices of three composers. Violinist Gil Shaham is soloist for Arvo Pärt’s atmospheric, ceremonial Fratres (“Brothers”), one of his best-known and most characteristic pieces. With Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, we find that talented but deliberately provocative young composer broadening his range to embrace music of grace, clarity, and charm. The first of Stravinsky’s three great ballet scores, The Firebird, composed when he was 27, was far more ambitious and imaginative than anything he had written previously. Closing this episode is celebrated American composer Missy Mazzoli’s Set That On Fire for chamber ensemble, which takes its title from a phrase used by the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. The energy and precision of the piece demand virtuosic performances from the BSO musicians. Magazine elements in Episode 3 include a feature on "arrivals" in terms of a composer’s musical style, as well as a conversation between BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina and BSO bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen.

Available January 28 at 12PM through February 27

GO TO VIDEO: January 28, 12PM - February 21

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