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Yuja Wang & Turangalîla-symphonie | Music for the Senses

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Cécile Lartigau, ondes Martenot

MESSIAEN Turangalîla-symphonie

French composer Olivier Messiaen was famously synesthetic, “hearing” colors as harmony and seeing colors in sound. The Turangalîla-symphonie summed up the composer’s passions for nature, birdsong, Catholicism, Eastern philosophy, music, and romantic love as embodied in the legend of Tristan and Isolde; in this concert, Andris Nelsons leads this work that the BSO premiered in 1949 under Leonard Bernstein’s baton. The brilliant Yuja Wang takes on the work’s hefty piano part and Cécile Lartigau performs on the ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument. Turangalîla was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky.

The Friday Preview talk on April 12 will begin at 12:15pm. Admission included with ticket.

Performances April 11-14 will include a pre-concert demonstration by Gamelan Galak Tika, Gusti Komin, Artistic Director, in the O’Block/Kay Room

Thursday's concert will end around 9pm, Friday's concert will end around 3pm, Saturday's concert will end around 9:30pm, and Sunday's concert will end around 3:30pm.

Performance Details

Apr 11, 2024, 7:30pm EDT

Music for the Senses

April 4–14, 2024: In these multi-sensory concerts, music comes alive in front of your very eyes, becoming something you can feel. With music inspired by the rich luminosity of a painting, a synesthetic 20th century masterwork, and a symphony of light and sound, you will experience an evening in Symphony Hall like no other.

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Yuja Wang sitting in front of a piano sideways, smiling and touching the keys

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