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Videos in This Series:


Elizabeth Ostling

Performance Details
Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

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
Randall Hodgkinson, piano

BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 44 

Copland, Lee and Brahms

July 3

In addition to working together in their usual large-ensemble setting, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s individual musicians frequently perform as soloists or together in chamber music, a pursuit requiring a different, more intimate mode of musical collaboration. 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 July 3 through 10

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Rachel Childers

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

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

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

MOZART Horn Quintet in E-flat, K.407 

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Sebring, Overton, Schumann, Dukas and Mozart

July 10

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 his 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 July 10, 2020 at 8PM through July 17

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Owen Young

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

Lucia Lin, violin
Gabriela Lena FRANK "Hailllí (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

July 17

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 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 July 17, 2020 at 8PM through July 24

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Victor Romanul

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

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
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 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 

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

July 24

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 three 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 important American composer William Grant Still’s beautifully lullaby “Mother and Child” from his 1943 Suite for violin and piano. Both Still’s work and his contemporary Florence Price’s String Quartet were influenced by their composers’ African American heritage. 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 July 24, 2020 at 8PM through July 31

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Kyle Brightwell

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

Mary Ferrillo, viola
Brett Hodgdon, piano

CLARKE Sonata for Viola and Piano
KAY Sonatine for Viola and Piano (world premiere)

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 

Clarke, Kay, Berio and HINDEMITH

July  31

Three BSO violists perform on his 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’s musical voice has roots deep in the American experience. He wrote his Sonatine for Viola and Piano in 1939. 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 July  31, 2020 at 8PM through August 7

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Bonnie Bewick

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

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

Bonnie BEWICK Cindy/Snowblower, dedicated to Rossini and New England winters 
GORNEY (Arr. BEWICK) Introduction and Song from Once I Built a Railroad 
#cellominute (all five world premieres):
     Marti EPSTEIN Wisp
     Lawrence WOLFE C
     Sid RICHARDSON Study for Remembrance
     Nico Muhly Just One
     Andrew LIST Elegy for a Changing World
Bonnie BEWICK Mt. Greylock Waltz
Mark O’CONNOR Limerock
TRAD (Arr. BEWICK) Roslin’s Castle/Ghostwalk/The Foray

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

Bewick, Gorney, O'Connor, Coleman and D'Rivera

August 7

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 her own arrangements and compositions. Also on this program is a selection of new solo cello miniatures solicited in recent weeks by BSO cellist Mickey Katz and two colorful chamber music pieces for woodwinds.

Available August 7, 2020 at 8PM through August 14

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Danny-Kim

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

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

BEETHOVEN String Trio in G, 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 Sinfonia Hymn
DEBUSSY Trois Chansons

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

August 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 canzone and Johann Schein’s early-17th-century Padoua (Pavane) to a new work by West Virginia-born composer and jazz pianist Kevin Day.

Available August 14, 2020 at 8PM through August 21

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Julianne Lee

Performance Details
Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

Julianne Lee, violin
Rebecca Gitter, viola

MOZART Duo in G for violin and viola

Julianne Lee, violin
Daniel Bernard ROUMAIN Filter, for solo violin

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

SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804, Rosamunde (36)

Mozart, ROumain and Schubert

August 21

BSO violinist Julianne Lee plays a short, energetic piece written by another violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain, his Filter for solo violin. 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 August 21, 2020 at 8PM through August 28

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Jim and Nancy Bildner
Drs. Judith and Martin Bloomfield
Carol and Bob Braun
Debby and Scott Butler
Susan Cartun in loving memory of her husband, Joel
Phyllis and Lee Coffey Memorial Concert Fund
Daniel and Shirlee Cohen Freed Concert Fund
Eitan and Malka Evan
Irving Fine Memorial TMC Chamber Concert Fund
Rabbi Daniel Freelander and Rabbi Elyse Frishman
In memory of Joe and Shirley Garrison
Liz and Alan Jaffe
Shirley and William Lehman
Helaine and Marvin Lender
Arthur and Vicki Loring
Kate and Hans Morris
Barbara and Michael Rosenbaum
Milton B. Rubin
Steve and Andrea Ryan
The John and Zelda Schwebel Family Foundation In Memory of John Schwebel
Nancy and Stanley Singer
Ken Stark, in memory of Lynn
Jacqueline and Albert Togut
Ray Ellen and Allan Yarkin
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