BSO to Touch Down in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg in May

Following his inaugural tour as Ray and Maria Stata Music Director last August and September, and what continues to be an incredible 2015-16 Symphony season, Andris Nelsons will soon set off again with the BSO.
This May, the orchestra will bring sparkling renditions of Shostakovich, Mahler, and more to Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg.

After an acclaimed visit to major European cities, including Berlin, Cologne, London, Milan, and Paris, as well as the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals last summer, Maestro Nelsons settled back in at Symphony Hall for a season full of artistic highlights. Fulfilling the BSO's status as a leading world orchestra, and engaging new audiences, the orchestra has plans to make touring (both global and local) a standard part of its schedule. And thus, this spring, Bostonians will be sharing the music they love with the people of Frankfurt, Essen, Leipzig, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, and Luxembourg.


In concerts May 3 through May 12, the BSO will be performing works from this season's repertoire, including Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Shostakovich's Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, and, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais, Rachmaninoff's Zdes' khorosho (How fair this place), Op. 21, No. 7, Tchaikovsky's Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin, Debussy's La Mer, and Ravel's La Valse.

According to Maestro Nelsons, "It will be so exciting for the Orchestra and me to explore together the rich cultural history and music heritage of these beautiful cities." Likewise, it should be exciting for lovers of classical musical both at home and abroad; with this music as a unifying language, the BSO will be forging relationships the world over.

Among these relationships is the recently-announced partnership between the BSO and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with Nelsons set to take on the role of Kapellmeister in 2017. Both Boston and Leipzig will benefit from this innovative partnership, which will include joint commissions, musician exchanges, educational opportunities, and new programming initiatives. This stop on the tour, as Nelsons says, will be "an inspirational preview of this new, exciting alliance."
And Boston concertgoers won't miss out; they can enjoy the music of the tour in April with Mahler's Ninth in concert and Ms. Opolais as guest artist at Symphony Hall. In addition, the traveling musicians are sure to provide tantalizing photos and stories as they tour great halls in Europe - before returning to another beautiful place, Tanglewood.



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