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The 2021-2022 BSO Season

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Reuniting in Concert With Andris Nelsons

Welcoming back live audiences to Symphony Hall after more than a year’s absence, Music Director Andris Nelsons leads 13 of the 24 programs in the 2021–2022 season. The season begins with a concert shared with Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams, who leads Anne-Sophie Mutter in his own Violin Concerto No. 2 in its first Boston performances. Maestro Nelsons and the BSO perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, the first work ever performed by the BSO in 1881, and the BSO’s most enduring commissioned work, Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

BSO Season Programs
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Youth and Family Presentations

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Dearest friends —

We are so happy to invite you back to Symphony Hall for the BSO’s 2021–22 season and return to our devoted music community. This is a moment we have been longing to celebrate for quite some time—when the musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and I reunite with our devoted audiences.

A Letter from Andris Nelsons

Dearest friends —

We are so happy to invite you back to Symphony Hall for the BSO’s 2021–22 season and return to our devoted music community. This is a moment we have been longing to celebrate for quite some time—when the musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and I reunite with our devoted audiences.

A Letter from Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons’ season also includes the culmination of a multi-season exploration of Richard Strauss’ music as part of a recording project; a concert performance of Alban Berg’s great opera Wozzeck; and collaborations with some of the great solo artists of the world, including Mitsuko Uchida performing Beethoven concertos in the first program of a multi-year collaboration. The wide-ranging programs feature exciting world premieres by Julia Adolphe, HK Gruber, Kaija Saariaho, and Bernard Rands, and American premieres by Unsuk Chin and Jörg Widmann. The season also features debuts and welcome returns of many of the world’s outstanding guest conductors.

Concerts with other beloved conductors

BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement Thomas Wilkins leads composer and electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten’s La Lección Tres for electric bass and orchestra, with the composer as soloist alongside works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Duke Ellington. Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina conducts music of Ellen Reid and Jean Sibelius in her first live-audience Symphony Hall program, also featuring the BSO debut of Tchaikovsky Piano Competition gold medalist Alexandre Kantorow. BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès and soloist Kirill Gerstein reprise Adès’ highly acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra on a program with works by Alban Berg and Maurice Ravel.

The Tanglewood Festival Chorus returns

The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, led by James Burton, Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, makes a triumphant return to performing with the BSO in two major works: Leoš Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass in February and, along with the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in March to celebrate the work’s 60th anniversary. Soprano Albina Shagimuratova, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Matthias Goerne are soloists in this work that was given its American premiere by the BSO at Tanglewood in 1963. As was conceived for the work’s first performances, the soloists in this performance represent the warring powers of Russia, England, and Germany.

Welcome Back to Symphony Hall!

We're committed to keeping you and your loved ones Safe in Sound as we reunite for the 2021-22 season.

Health & Safety Protocols

Welcome Back to Symphony Hall!

We're committed to keeping you and your loved ones Safe in Sound as we reunite for the 2021-22 season.

Health & Safety Protocols

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