- The New York premiere of a new violin concerto by composer Unsuk Chin (a BSO co-commission), performed by soloist Leonidas Kavakos, paired with Ives' The Unanswered Question and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, on Monday, March 14
- A concert version of Berg's opera Wozzeck, featuring Bo Skovhus in the title role and Christine Goerke as Marie (a role debut), on Tuesday, March 15
- As part of Carnegie Hall’s 2021–22 season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform two programs on March 14 and 15, 2022, led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. These programs will also be featured in the BSO’s 2021–22 season at Symphony Hall in Boston on March 3–5 and March 10 and 12.
March 14, 2022: Concert with Andris Nelsons and Leonidas Kavakos
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons is joined by one of his frequent collaborators, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, for the New York premiere of celebrated Korean-German composer Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Scherben der Stille (“Shards of Silence”). Co-commissioned for Mr. Kavakos by the BSO, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, where it received its world premiere on January 6, the concerto is expected to receive its American premiere at Boston's Symphony Hall on March 3. Chin won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2004 for her first violin concerto.
Also on the program and a staple of the BSO’s repertoire for generations, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique virtually defined the emotional intensity of musical Romanticism while also vastly expanding orchestral virtuosity. Opening the program is the American composer Charles Ives’ mysterious, innovative tone poem The Unanswered Question (1908), which features a striking solo trumpet part.
March 15, 2022: Concert Version of Berg's Opera Wozzeck in its Entirety
Andris Nelsons and the BSO continue the orchestra’s tradition of presenting great operatic works in concert with Alban Berg’s modernist masterpiece Wozzeck, which follows recent performances of early 20th-century operas by Richard Strauss and Puccini as well as complete acts from Wagner’s music dramas. First performed in 1925 and based on Georg Büchner’s mid-19th century play, Wozzeck uses a kaleidoscopic variety of musical means to relate the story a lowly soldier whose anxious, introspective humanity conflicts tragically with the circumstances of his life. The title role is sung by an acknowledged champion of the role, Danish baritone Bo Skovhus. The outstanding cast also includes soprano Christine Goerke in her role debut as Marie. This concert performance is sung in German with English supertitles.
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