Encore BSO Recitals

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present Encore BSO Recitals, a colorful and eclectic online concert series spotlighting 50 musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in small ensembles and giving viewers a rare opportunity to experience the individual artistry of many of the musicians who make up the world-renowned ensemble. The Encore BSO Recitals series reprises programming initially recorded and streamed this past summer for the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival. 

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Videos in This Series:

Ensemble performing

Performance Details
Introduction by Victor Romanul

Victor Romanul, violin
J.S. BACH Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1005
PAGANINI Larghetto in D-flat from Quartet No. 13 for guitar and strings (arr. for solo violin)
SAURET Prelude in G minor from Suite for Violin Solo, Op. 68
JOHNSON (arr. POWELL) “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”

Tatiana Dimitriades, violin
Jonathan Bass, piano
MENDELSSOHN Violin Sonata in F
STILL “Mother and Child” from the Suite for Violin and Piano

Catherine French and Xin Ding, violin
Daniel Getz, viola
Mickey Katz, cello

PRICE String Quartet in G
     II. Andante moderato

Catherine French and Xin Ding, violin
Daniel Getz, viola

DVOŘÁK Terzetto in C, Op. 74

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Bach, Paganini, Sauret, Johnson, Mendelssohn, Still, Price and DVOŘÁK

September 17, 12PM - October 17

The violin—whose presence by sheer force of numbers dominates the orchestral stage—is the focus of this chamber music program by BSO musicians. Victor Romanul plays four solo selections, including one of the single most challenging pieces in the repertoire, the Chaconne from Bach’s D minor Partita. Tatiana Dimitriades performs two works for violin and piano: Mendelssohn’s early Sonata in F and William Grant Still’s beautiful lullaby “Mother and Child” from his 1943 Suite for Violin and Piano. Still and his contemporary Florence Price, whose String Quartet is performed here, were pioneering African-American composers. Completing this wide-ranging program is Antonín Dvořák’s Terzetto for two violins and viola, which is infused with elements of Czech folk music.

Available September 17 at 12PM through October 17

GO TO VIDEO: September 17, 12PM - October 17

Mary Ferrillo and Brian Hodgon

Performance Details
Introduction by Mary Ferrillo

Mary Ferrillo, viola
Brett Hodgdon, piano

CLARKE Sonata for Viola and Piano
KAY Sonatine for Viola and Piano

Steven Laraia, viola
Kyle Brightwell, percussion

BERIO Naturale, for viola, percussion, and recorded voice

Daniel Getz, viola
Brett Hodgdon, piano

HINDEMITH Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4

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Clarke, Kay, Berio and HINDEMITH

September  24, 12PM - October 24

Three BSO violists perform on this program of all 20th-century masterworks. Both the English composer Rebecca Clarke’s and the German Paul Hindemith’s sonatas date from 1919, and both are staples of the viola-piano repertoire. The eminent American composer-conductor Ulysses Kay, who studied with Hindemith at the Berkshire (now Tanglewood) Music Center, wrote his Sonatine for Viola and Piano in 1939 but the piece was premiered only this past summer, in the BSO recital presented here. The great Italian composer Luciano Berio’s Naturale creates a remarkable landscape for viola and percussion evoking Italian folk song and incorporating pre-recorded Sicilian street cries.

Available September  24 at 12PM through October 24

GO TO VIDEO: September 24, 12PM - October 24

ensemble performing

Performance Details
Introduction by Julianne Lee

Julianne Lee, violin
Rebecca Gitter, viola

MOZART Duo in G for violin and viola, K.424

Julianne Lee, violin
Daniel Bernard ROUMAIN Filter

Julianne Lee and Lisa Kim, violin
Steven Ansell, viola
Oliver Aldort, cello

SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804, Rosamunde

Mozart, Roumain and Schubert

October 1, 12 PM - October 31

BSO violinist Julianne Lee plays a short, energetic piece written by another violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain—his Filter for solo violin, which employs dynamic bowing techniques to emulate electronic effects. Lee performs with BSO violist Rebecca Gitter in Mozart’s Duo in G, one of two duos the composer wrote as a favor for his friend Michael Haydn—Joseph’s brother—who fell ill before fulfilling a commission. The G major duo is a substantial work of grace and elegance. Franz Schubert’s late string quartets rank among his greatest works. His songful Rosamunde Quartet, the only one of these to be published in his lifetime, takes its name from a melody it shares with music he wrote for the stage play by that name.

Available October 1 at 12PM through October 31

Owen Young and Lucia Lin

Performance Details
Introduction by Owen Young

Lucia Lin, violin
Gabriela Lena FRANK “Prayer” from Suite Mestiza

Lucia Lin, violin
Owen Young, cello

RAVEL Sonata for violin and cello

John Ferrillo, oboe
Mary Ferrillo, viola
Randall Hodgkinson, piano

LOEFFLER Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano (23)

Frank, Ravel and Loeffler

October 8, 12 PM - November 7

American composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s music draws on and transcends her rich cultural heritage, which includes Peruvian, Chinese, and Eastern European Jewish elements. Performed by BSO violinist Lucia Lin, the first movement, “Prayer,” of Frank’s big solo violin Suite Mestiza was inspired by Peruvian religious songs on Quechua texts. Lin and BSO cellist Owen Young perform Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello, a varied, full-scale, four-movement work composed in memory of his colleague Claude Debussy. The German-born Charles Martin Loeffler was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra violin section in its earliest decades and a mainstay of Boston’s musical life until his death in 1935. His Two Rhapsodies are impressionistic instrumental revisions of pieces that began life as songs.

Available October 8 at 12PM through November 7

Mike Roylance

Performance Details
Introduction by Alexander Velinzon

Alexander Velinzon, violin
Danny Kim, viola
Adam Esbensen, cello

BEETHOVEN String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1

Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, James Markey, trombones
Mike Roylance, tuba

GABRIELI (trans. Mark LEWIS) Canzona Seconda
J.S. BACH (arr. Glenn SMITH) Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Kevin DAY Ignition
ELLINGTON (arr. Clarence HINES) Come Sunday
Chad “Sir Wick” HUGHES Tribute to Sinfonia
DEBUSSY Trois Chansons

Beethoven, Gabrieli, J.S. Bach, Day, Ellington, Hughes and Debussy

October 15, 12 PM - November 14

This concert opens with Beethoven’s String Trio in G, one of a set of three string trios representing the composer’s most important and substantial chamber music works of the 1790s. The concert continues with a potpourri of music for low brass instruments ranging from Gabrieli’s late 16th-century canzona and Contrapunctus IX from J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue to a high-velocity work by West Virginia-born composer Kevin Day and a tribute to the musical society Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia by Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes.

Available October 15 at 12PM through November 14

Gus Sebring and Michael Winter playing alphorns outside at Tanglewood

Performance Details
Introduction by Gus Sebring 

Richard Sebring and Michael Winter, horn
Vytas Baksys, piano
Charles Overton, harp
Richard SEBRING Awaken! A New Day! for Alphorns
Charles OVERTON and Richard SEBRING Listen, to the Cry of Your Fellow Man
SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro, for horn and piano
DUKAS Villanelle, for horn and piano
MOZART Horn Duos selected from K.487/496a

Rachel Childers, horn
Tatiana Dimitriades, violin
Cathy Basrak and Kathryn Sievers, viola
Mickey Katz, cello

MOZART Horn Quintet in E-flat, K.407 


October 22, 12 PM - November 21

This program of horn-centric music features not only the standard orchestral French horn but also its cousin, the long alphorn of Swiss, German, and Austrian tradition. BSO Associate Principal Horn Richard Sebring and colleagues perform Sebring’s own new composition for alphorns to start this program. The second Sebring work is a duet for horn and harp with former TMC Fellow Charles Overton. Standard-repertoire horn pieces by Schumann, Dukas, and Mozart—including the substantial Quintet in E-flat for horn and strings—complete the program.

Available October 22 at 12PM through November 21

Bonnie Bewick, Mickey Katz and Lawrence Wolfe

Performance Details
Introduction by Cynthia Meyers

Bonnie Bewick, violin
Mickey Katz, cello
Lawrence Wolfe, bass

Bonnie BEWICK Cindy/Snowblower, dedicated to Rossini and New England winters
TRAD (Arr. BEWICK) Roslin’s Castle/Ghostwalk/The Foray
Bonnie BEWICK Mt. Greylock Waltz
TRAD. (Arr. Mark O’CONNOR and Edgar MEYER) Limerock
GORNEY (Arr. BEWICK) Introduction and Song from Once I Built a Railroad 
     Marti EPSTEIN Wisp
     Lawrence WOLFE C
     Sid RICHARDSON Study for Remembrance
     Nico Muhly Just One
     Andrew LIST Elegy for a Changing World
     Richard PANTCHEFF …the field long-slept in pastoral green…

Cynthia Meyers, flute
Robert Sheena, oboe
Michael Wayne, clarinet
Richard Ranti, bassoon
Jason Snider, horn
Valerie COLEMAN Umoja
Paquito D’RIVERA Selections from Aires Tropicales

Bewick, Gorney, Epstein, Wolfe, Richardson, Muhly, List, Pantcheff, O'Connor, Coleman and D'Rivera

October 29

Along with classical music, BSO violinist Bonnie Bewick has delved deeply into fiddle music from around the world, including traditional American, Scotch and Irish reels, and music of other European traditions. This program of traditional and folk-style pieces includes some of Bewick’s own arrangements and compositions, as well as an arrangement by violinist Mark O’Connor and double bassist Edgar Meyer of the American fiddle tune Limerock. BSO cellist Mickey Katz performs a selection of new solo cello miniatures. These six one-minute pieces, which Katz solicited this past spring, are by composers Marti Epstein, BSO Assistant Principal Bass Lawrence Wolfe, Sid Richardson, Nico Muhly, Andrew List, and Richard Pantcheff. The program concludes with two colorful works for woodwind quintet by American composers: Umoja by Valerie Coleman and selections from Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera.

Available October 29 at 12PM through November 19

Elizabeth Ostling and ensemble

Performance Details
Introduction by Cathy Basrak

Elizabeth Ostling, flute
Randall Hodgkinson, piano

COPLAND Duo for Flute and Piano

Elizabeth Ostling, flute
James LEE III Chôro sem tristeza, for solo flute

Alexander Velinzon and Bracha Malkin, violins
Cathy Basrak, viola
Blaise Dejardin, cello
Jonathan Bass, piano

BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Copland, Lee and Brahms

November 5 - November 19

In this recital, BSO Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Ostling performs two American works. Aaron Copland’s 1967 Duo features both the pastoral lyricism and the rhythmic bounce so characteristic of the composer. The Michigan-born composer James Lee III drew on his strong relationship with Brazil’s music and musicians for his Chôro sem tristeza, “lament without sadness.” Johannes Brahms’s F minor piano quintet began life as a string quintet before Brahms realized he needed the contrasting power of his own instrument, the piano, to bring the piece to its full potential. It today stands as one of the great chamber music works in the repertoire.

Available November 5 at 12PM through November 19

Boston Symphony Chamber PlayersVivian Choi

Performance Details
Introduction by William Hudgins

Boston Symphony Chamber Players:
   Elizabeth Rowe, flute
   John Ferrillo, oboe
   Richard Svoboda, bassoon
   Steven Ansell, viola
   Blaise Dejardin, cello
   Edwin Barker, double bass
Vivian Choi, piano
POULENC Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano
Allison LOGGINS-HULL Homeland, for solo flute
HENZE S. Biagio 9 agosto ore 12.07, for solo bass
STRAVINSKY Elegy for solo viola
BRAHMS Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello, and piano, Op. 114

Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Vivian Choi, piano

November 12 - November 19

Poulenc’s Trio for winds and piano, a model of neoclassical style and French lyricism, opens this Boston Symphony Chamber Players program, which continues with four solo works. BSO Principal Flute Elizabeth Rowe performs innovative flutist-composer Allison Loggins-Hull’s evocative Homeland, which explores racial injustice and the concept of belonging. Edwin Barker plays Hans Werner Henze's introspective solo bass piece S. Biagio 9 Agosto ore 12.07, which refers in its title to an ancient Tuscan church. Violist Steven Ansell plays Stravinsky’s ceremonially somber Elegy from 1944. The program culminates with one of the great chamber music works of the late Romantic era and one of Brahms’s final compositions, the warm and lyrical Clarinet Trio, Op. 114, one of several works Brahms wrote for the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. For this performance, clarinetist William Hudgins joins cellist Blaise Déjardin and guest pianist Vivian Choi. Originally aired in last summer’s Tanglewood Online Festival as part of the Recitals from the World Stage series.

Available November 12 at 12PM through November 19

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