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Andris Nelsons conducts Haydn, Shostakovich, and Habibi with Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

HAYDN Symphony No. 22, Philosopher
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 2
Iman HABIBI Zhiân (Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Music Director, through the generous support of the New Works Fund established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.)
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brings his unsurpassed skill and passion to both of Shostakovich’s powerful cello concertos, originally written for the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich. These performances are part of the BSO’s multi-season survey of Shostakovich’s symphonies and concertos. Haydn’s stately Symphony No. 22, nicknamed Philosopher, pairs with Iman Habibi’s Zhiân, a BSO commission, to round out the evening.

Saturday’s concert is supported by Lloyd Axelrod, M.D.

The Friday Preview on October 13 at 12:15pm will be hosted by author and Northeastern emeritus professor Harlow Robinson with composer Iman Habibi. Admission included with ticket.

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Yo-Yo Ma headshot holding his cello and bow

Performance Details

Oct 13, 2023, 1:30pm EDT

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