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Jakub Hrůša conducts Janáček, Rachmaninoff, and Dvořák

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Joining Mr. Hrůša and the BSO is the Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček, who makes his BSO debut in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lyrical and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. Following the poor reception of his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff sought the help of a hypnotist to overcome writer’s block as he worked to complete the concerto. The composer was soloist in its 1901 premiere. Composed in 1894, the Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Jealousy was originally intended as the overture to his opera, but it was eventually published as an independent piece. These are the first BSO performances of this short, emotional orchestral score. Closing the program is the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s vibrant Sixth Symphony, an 1880 work written as his international reputation was beginning to soar. The BSO added the symphony to its repertoire at the start of its third season, in October 1883.

Due to continuing concerns over the risk of respiratory transmission of the COVID-19 virus through unmasked choral performances, the Boston Symphony Orchestra cannot perform Janáček's Glagolitic Mass on February 3, 4, and 5. In place of the originally scheduled program, conductor Jakub Hrůša will now lead the following program, featuring the BSO debut of the young Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček.

Jakub Hrůša, conductor with his arms crossed, holding a baton and smiling

Performance Details

Feb 4, 2022, 1:30pm EST

Symphony Hall

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