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2022-23 BSO Season

2022-23 Season Programs

An unforgettable season awaits. From beloved classics performed by returning guest artists to world premieres and exciting BSO debuts, the 2022-23 season celebrates the breadth of everything classical music has to offer.

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  • Awadagin Pratt standing behind a Yamaha piano

    Andris Nelsons conducts Bach, Holst, Montgomery, and Williams with Lorelei Ensemble and Awadagin Pratt, piano

    Andris Nelsons opens the new BSO season with A Toast!, which John Williams originally wrote in 2014 to welcome Nelsons to the BSO. American pianist Awadagin Pratt, making his BSO debut, performs a work written for him, American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds, and J.S. Bach’s Concerto in A. English composer Gustav Holst’s orchestral showpiece The Planets ranges from Venus’ sweet lyricism to Mars’ propulsive energy.

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    Thu Sep 22, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Fri Sep 23, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Lang Lang headshot

    Opening Night at Symphony

    Opening Night at Symphony, a stand-alone fundraising event to benefit the BSO, will be set inside majestic Symphony Hall. The evening will featuring dynamic pianist Lang Lang performing works including Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 with Andris Nelsons and the BSO. Learn more about Opening Night at Symphony, including attending the full celebration.

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    Sat Sep 24, 2022 - 6:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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

    Andris Nelsons conducts Adolphe, Haydn, and Shostakovich with Thomas Rolfs, trumpet and Yuja Wang, piano

    Dynamic Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays not one but both of Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano concertos, written 24 years apart, part of the BSO and Andris Nelsons’ multi-season exploration of the composer’s major works with orchestra. The concert closes with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, whose nickname comes from the surprising appearance of percussion in the slow movement. The American composer Julia Adolphe, who has earned praised for the sonic and narrative inventiveness of her music, says of her new work, “Makeshift Castle captures contrasting states of permanence and ephemerality, of perseverance and disintegration, of determination and surrender.”

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    Thu Sep 29, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Fri Sep 30, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Sat Oct 1, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Jennufer Koh posing in front of a brick wall wearing a white top.

    Andris Nelsons conducts Bernstein, Ogonek, and Shostakovich with Jennifer Koh, violin, Linus Schafer-Goulthorpe, boy soprano, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with James Burton, conductor

    Andris Nelsons leads two works new to the BSO repertoire: the BSO-commissioned Starling Variations by American composer Elizabeth Ogonek and Dmitri Shostakovich’s rarely heard 1930 Symphony No. 3 for chorus and orchestra, an early, jingoistic hymn to the Soviet experiment, continuing Nelsons’ and the BSO’s multi-season survey of the composer’s complete symphonies. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus also joins the BSO for Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew and featuring Linus Schafer-Goulthorpe, boy soprano, as soloist, and American violinist Jennifer Koh makes her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as soloist in Bernstein’s Serenade.

    This week’s performances by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus are supported by the Alan. J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Fund for Voice and Chorus.

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    Thu Oct 6, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Fri Oct 7, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Sat Oct 8, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • portrait of Emanuel Ax

    Casual Friday: Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Bartók, Enescu, and Mozart with Emanuel Ax, piano

    Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his BSO debut is joined by American pianist Emanuel Ax for Wolfgang Mozart’s high-spirited Piano Concerto No. 18. Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s lurid Miraculous Mandarin Suite and the Romanian French composer George Enescu's folk music-inspired Romanian Rhapsody both make exciting and colorful demands on the orchestra.

    After the performance, Emanuel Ax, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger will take questions from the audience. See what else makes this Casual Friday concert special >

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    Fri Oct 14, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • portrait of Emanuel Ax

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Bartók, Enescu, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky with Emanuel Ax, piano

    Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his BSO debut is joined by American pianist Emanuel Ax for Wolfgang Mozart’s high-spirited Piano Concerto No. 18. The familiar, yearning Romeo and Juliet Overture is one of several works Pyotr Tchaikovsky based on Shakespeare plays. Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s lurid Miraculous Mandarin Suite and the Romanian French composer George Enescu's folk music inspired Romanian Rhapsody both make exciting and colorful demands on the orchestra.

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    Thu Oct 13, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Sat Oct 15, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Bonnie Bewick headshot with violin

    TLI Chamber Concert: Say and Dvořák

    Bonnie Bewick & Takumi Taguchi, violins
    Steven Laraia, viola
    Mickey Katz, cello
    Traditional (Arr. ASLAMAZYAN) Selections from La Lyre armenienne
    Fazil SAY String Quartet, Op. 29, Divorce
    DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, American

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    Sun Oct 16, 2022 - 3:00pm

    Linde Center for Music and Learning, Lenox/Stockbridge, MA

  • Andris Nelsons conducting

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 6

    Gustav Mahler’s intensely emotional Symphony No. 6, written in 1903–04, is arguably his most heartfelt symphonic statement — his wife Alma called it "the most completely personal of his works." The Sixth features three powerful and ominous hammer blows in its finale, which evidently represented for Mahler "three blows of fate."

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    Thu Oct 20, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Fri Oct 21, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Sat Oct 22, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Haldan Martinson Blaise Deìjardin William R Hudgins play Gal

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Join us for more intimate performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ (BSCP) on Sunday afternoons at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Founded in 1964, the BSCP combines the talents of BSO principal players and renowned guest artists to explore the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire.


    with
    David Deveau, piano

    SCHUBERT Trio in B-flat for violin, viola, and cello, D.471
    GÁL Serenade for clarinet, violin, and cello, Op. 93
    Yehudi WYNER Into the Evening Air for wind quintet
    MAHLER Quartet in A minor for piano and strings
    STRAUSS arr. WEBERN Schatzwalzer, Op. 418
    STRAUSS arr. SCHOENBERG Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437

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    Sun Oct 23, 2022 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

  • Steven O. Laraia headshot with viola

    Community Chamber Concert - Worcester

    Bonnie Bewick & Takumi Taguchi, violins
    Steven Laraia, viola
    Mickey Katz, cello

    Traditional (Arr. ASLAMAZYAN) Selections from La Lyre Armenienne
    Fazil SAY String Quartet, Op. 29, Divorce
    DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, American

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    Sun Oct 23, 2022 - 3:00pm

    First Baptist Church, Worcester, Worcester, MA

  • Mitsuko Uchida sitting at a piano

    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich with Mitsuko Uchida, piano

    Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO for Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental Emperor piano concerto. Criticism in the Soviet press of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District put him in a precarious position with Soviet authorities. His response was the powerful and outwardly triumphant Fifth Symphony.

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    Thu Oct 27, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Fri Oct 28, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Sat Oct 29, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Sun Oct 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Close up of the front of a stringed instrument

    "What I Hear" - Caroline Shaw

    For this fall’s "What I Hear" event, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw curates a program of chamber music in connection with the BSO's performance of her Punctum later that evening. New England Conservatory musicians perform her string quartets Valencia and Entr’acte, plus her works Aurora Borealis and Gustave Le Gray, along with selections from the string quartet of Maurice Ravel. BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Valliere moderates a conversation with the composer.

    Caroline SHAW Valencia, for string quartet
    SHAW Gustave Le Gray, for piano
    SHAW Aurora Borealis, for soprano and piano
    RAVEL String Quartet in F (movements I & II)
    SHAW Entr’acte, for string quartet

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    Thu Nov 3, 2022 - 5:30pm

    Brown Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andris Nelsons headshot

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart, Shaw, and Strauss

    Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw wrote her Bach-inspired Punctum originally for string quartet; the BSO-commissioned orchestral version was premiered in summer 2022. The second of his final trilogy of symphonies, composed in 1788, Wolfgang Mozart’s riveting No. 40 in G minor is for many his most familiar symphony. Richard Strauss’ amazingly vivid Alpine Symphony depicts the picturesque ascent and (much faster!) descent of a Bavarian mountain.

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    Thu Nov 3, 2022 - 10:30am

    Thu Nov 3, 2022 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Sophie Wang portrait holding violin

    Community Chamber Concert - Fenway Center, Boston

    Julianne Lee and Sophie Wang, violins
    Danny Kim, viola
    Owen Young, cello
    COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Five Fantasiestücke for string quartet, Op. 5
    BRAHMS String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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    Fri Nov 4, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Fenway Center, Boston, MA

  • Performance of Peter and the Wolf

    Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    Adrian Slywotzsky, conductor
    Genevieve Lefevre, narrator

    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

    Genevieve Lefevre is an actor, musician, and writer from Boston, MA who graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with a degree in Theater, Dance & Media. Recent acting credits include The Golden Goose with The Rev Theatre, Vindicta and Simulations with Anawan Street Productions, and Thumbelina: A Little Musical with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). An original piece of hers, Wade, was featured in GRRL HAUS CINEMA’s Best of Animation as well. Genevieve is a 2015 BYSO alum (viola) and is thrilled to be able to collaborate with BYSO for a second year during the production of Peter and the Wolf.

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    Sat Nov 12, 2022 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Anna Rakitina smiling and holding a conductor's baton

    Anna Rakitina conducts Langer, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff with Inon Barnatan, piano

    BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina leads pianist Inon Barnatan in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last piano-and-orchestra work, featuring both astonishing virtuoso passages and Rachmaninoff’s best-known melody. The orchestral suite from composer Elena Langer’s witty and touching opera Figaro Gets a Divorce is by turns mysterious, songful, and jazzy. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated brilliantly by Maurice Ravel, is a magical response to marvelous paintings.

    Friday afternoon's performance by Inon Barnatan is supported by the Elfers Fund for Performing Artists.
    Inon Barnatan’s performance on Saturday evening is supported by The Helen and Josef Zimbler Fund.

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    Fri Nov 25, 2022 - 1:30pm

    Sat Nov 26, 2022 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Midori holding her violin and bow, smiling

    Omer Meir Wellber conducts Beethoven, Milch-Sheriff, and Tchaikovsky with Midori, violin

    Performing with the BSO at Symphony Hall for the first time since 2003, renowned violinist Midori joins Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber in his BSO debut for Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto. Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff’s The Eternal Stranger for narrator and orchestra relates Ludwig van Beethoven’s difficulty in society due to his personality and deafness to the hostility and rejection experienced by refugees and other “strangers.” The funeral march from the Eroica Symphony and the overture from Beethoven’s opera about a political imprisonment remind us of the composer’s abiding universal humanity.


    Omer Meir Wellber, conductor
    Midori, violin
    Eli Danker, narrator

    TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto (35)
    ---- Intermission----

    Ella MILCH-SHERIFF The Eternal Stranger, for narrator and orchestra (American premiere) Text in English (18)

    BEETHOVEN Marcia funebre from Symphony No. 3, Eroica (15)

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3 (14)

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    Thu Jan 5, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Jan 6, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Jan 7, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Black and white portrait of Alan Gilbert

    Alan Gilbert conducts Boulanger, Dello Joio, Dvořák, and Stenhammar with Garrick Ohlsson, piano

    American conductor Alan Gilbert and frequent BSO guest Garrick Ohlsson premiere Justin Dello Joio’s piano concerto Oceans Apart, written for Ohlsson. Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar’s wide-ranging 1911 Serenade has a satisfyingly symphonic scope. French composer Lili Boulanger’s impressionistic 1918 depiction of a spring morning and Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s celebratory Carnival Overture, from 1891, complete the program.


    Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Garrick Ohlsson, piano

    BOULANGER D’un Matin de printemps (5)

    STENHAMMAR Serenade (34)

    ---- Intermission----

    Justin DELLO JOIO Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Oceans Apart (world premiere; BSO commission) (20)

    DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture (10)

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    Thu Jan 12, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Jan 13, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Jan 14, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Headshot of Karina Canellakis wearing a black collared shirt.

    Karina Canellakis conducts Dvořák, Lutosławski, and Szymanowski with Nicola Benedetti, violin

    Making her BSO debut, violinist Nicola Benedetti joins conductor Karina Canellakis in her Symphony Hall debut for Karel Szymanowski’s scintillating Violin Concerto No. 2 from 1933, his last major work. His compatriot Witold Lutosławski’s folk-music influenced Concerto for Orchestra (1954) helped establish his international reputation. Antonín Dvořák’s nature-inspired tone poem Wood Dove has not been played by the BSO since 1905.


    Karina Canellakis, conductor
    Nicola Benedetti, violin

    DVOŘÁK Wood Dove (18)

    SZYMANOWSKI Violin Concerto No. 2 (22)

    ---- Intermission----

    LUTOSŁAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra (28)

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    Thu Jan 19, 2023 - 10:30am

    Thu Jan 19, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Jan 20, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Jan 21, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • A view of three violins from behind

    "What I Hear" - Steven Mackey

    For this winter’s "What I Hear" event, American composer Steven Mackey curates a program of chamber music in connection with the BSO's performance of his Concerto for Curved Space later that evening. New England Conservatory musicians perform his works String Theory, See Ya Thursday and Physical Property (with the composer on electric guitar), along with the second movement ‘Vivace’ from Beethoven’s Op. 135 string quartet. BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Valliere moderates a conversation with the composer.

    Steven MACKEY String Theory, for string quartet and electronics
    MACKEY See Ya Thursday, for marimba
    BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F, Op. 135 (II. Vivace)
    MACKEY Physical Properties, for string quartet and electric guitar

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    Thu Jan 26, 2023 - 5:30pm

    Williams Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

  • Portrait of Baiba Skride holding her violin in front of a black background

    Casual Friday: Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms and Shostakovich with Baiba Skride, violin

    Latvian violinist Baiba Skride returns to Symphony Hall for Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2, written for the great Ukrainian violinist David Oistrakh in 1967. Johannes Brahms’ profound and majestic Fourth Symphony closes the program.

    Hear introductory remarks from principal trombonist Toby Oft before the concert and stay after for a post-show conversation with Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger and violinist Baiba Skride.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Baiba Skride, violin


    SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 2 (33)

    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 (42)

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    Fri Jan 27, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Portrait of Baiba Skride holding her violin in front of a black background

    Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms, Mackey, and Shostakovich with Baiba Skride, violin

    Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the world premiere of a BSO-commissioned Concerto for Curved Space, for orchestra by Grammy-winning American composer/guitarist Steven Mackey, whose vibrant music embraces a range of influences, from Ludwig van Beethoven to modern rock. Latvian violinist Baiba Skride returns to Symphony Hall for Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2, written for the great Ukrainian violinist David Oistrakh in 1967. Johannes Brahms’ profound and majestic Fourth Symphony closes the program.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Baiba Skride, violin

    Steven MACKEY Concerto for Curved Space, for orchestra (world premiere; co-commissioned by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and 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.) (30)

    SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 2 (33)

    ---- Intermission----

    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 (42)

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    Thu Jan 26, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Sat Jan 28, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Thomas Martin headshot with clarinet

    Community Chamber Concert - Fenway Center, Boston

    Thomas Martin, clarinet
    Michael Zaretsky, viola
    Alina Polyakov, piano
    REINECKE Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 264
    MOZART Trio in E-flat for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498, Kegelstatt

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    Fri Feb 3, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Fenway Center, Boston, MA

  • Amber Wagner headshot wearing decorative gold earrings and a black top

    Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Wagner Program

    Andris Nelsons and the BSO’s continuing tradition of performing opera in concert brings us excerpts from Richard Wagner’s early opera Tannhäuser, which had its premiere in Dresden in 1845. A German minstrel-knight, Tannhäuser (tenor Klaus Florian Vogt), struggles to reject the world’s sensual pleasures, represented by the "Venusburg Music" of the opera’s Act I. He is redeemed by the pure love of Elisabeth, sung by Amber Wagner, and with the help of the wise minstrel Wolfram, sung by Christian Gerhaher.

    Sung in German with English supertitles

    This week’s performances by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus are supported by the Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Fund for Voice and Chorus.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Amber Wagner, soprano (Elisabeth)
    Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor (Tannhäuser)
    Christian Gerhaher, baritone (Wolfram)
    Marina Prudenskaya, soprano (Venus)
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor

    ALL-WAGNER program

    Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser (25)

    ---- Intermission----

    Tannhäuser Act III (60)

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    Thu Feb 2, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Sat Feb 4, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Sheku Kanneh-Mason sitting next to his cello, wearing a teal blazer

    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven, Bloch, and Simon with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

    Exciting young English cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes his BSO debut in Ernest Bloch’s 1916 Schelomo ("King Solomon"), in which the expansively melodic cello role represents the voice of the king. Opening the concert is the premiere of a BSO-commissioned work by the talented Washington, D.C.-based composer Carlos Simon. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 builds in excitement from its atmospheric introduction through its thrilling finale.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

    Carlos SIMON Four Black American Dances (world premiere; 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.)

    BLOCH Schelomo: Rhapsodie hébraïque, for cello and orchestra

    ---- Intermission----

    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
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    Thu Feb 9, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Feb 10, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Feb 11, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Sun Feb 12, 2023 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet lounging on an ornate couch

    Lahav Shani conducts Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saëns with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

    Israeli conductor Lahav Shani, making his Symphony Hall debut, and elegant French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian, a brilliantly virtuosic but tuneful Romantic-era work for which Thibaudet is an ideal interpreter. Sergei Prokofiev’s delightful First Symphony was conceived as a 20th-century successor to works by Wolfgang Mozart and Joseph Haydn. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s ingeniously constructed, brilliantly colorful Symphonic Dances was his last finished work.


    Lahav Shani, conductor
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

    PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical (15)

    SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian (29)

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    RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances (33)

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    Thu Feb 16, 2023 - 10:30am

    Thu Feb 16, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Feb 17, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Feb 18, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Haldan Martinson Blaise Deìjardin William R Hudgins play Gal

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Join us for more intimate performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ (BSCP) on Sunday afternoons at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Founded in 1964, the BSCP combines the talents of BSO principal players and renowned guest artists to explore the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire.


    with
    Alessio Bax, piano

    Program to include:

    Valerie COLEMAN Umoja, for wind quintet
    PROKOFIEV Quintet in G minor for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass, Op. 39

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    Sun Feb 19, 2023 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

  • Bonnie Bewick headshot with violin

    Community Chamber Concert- Fenway Center, Boston

    FRAME:
    Bonnie Bewick, violin
    Lawrence Wolfe, bass
    Ken Bewick, guitar

    with Bennett Konesni, vocalist

    Blending their unique foundations of rock, classical and Celtic stylings, Frame’s music is a delightful mixture of songs and tunes playing on coastal themes, New England folk ballads, Celtic fiddle, and much more! Joining Frame will be guest vocalist Bennett Konesni, paying tribute to the Maritime song history of New England.

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    Fri Feb 24, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Fenway Center, Boston, MA

  • Bonnie Bewick headshot with violin

    Community Chamber Concert- Jack’s Abby Brewery, Framingham

    FRAME:
    Bonnie Bewick, violin

    Lawrence Wolfe, bass
    Ken Bewick, guitar
    with Bennett Konesni, vocalist

    Blending their unique foundations of rock, classical and Celtic stylings, Frame’s music is a delightful mixture of songs and tunes playing on coastal themes, New England folk ballads, Celtic fiddle, and much more! Joining Frame will be guest vocalist Bennett Konseni, paying tribute to the Maritime song history of New England.

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    Sun Feb 26, 2023 - 3:00pm

    Jack’s Abby Brewery, Framingham, MA

  • Lucia Lin headshot with violin

    Community Chamber Concert - Fenway Center, Boston

    Lucia Lin and Bracha Malkin, violins
    Rebecca Gitter, viola
    Owen Young, cello
    Charles Overton, harp
    April Sun, piano
    Michael-Thomas FOUMAI Printing Kapa and Defending Kalo, for harp and violin
    BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat, Op. 74
    STILL Ennanga, for harp, piano and string quartet

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    Fri Mar 3, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Fenway Center, Boston, MA

  • portrait of Kabria Baumgartner

    Panel Discussion

    Dr. Kabria Baumgartner (Tufts University), panelist
    Dr. Kerri Greenidge (Northeastern University), panelist
    Dr. Kendra Taira Field (Tufts University), panelist

    Since the late 19th century, Boston has been home to many African American composers, musicians, and performers from the likes of Flora Batson, Robert Nathaniel Dett, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, and Roland Hayes. Long before Boston’s Symphony Hall opened in 1900, these performers found support within Black communities across the diaspora, and cultivated a Black artistic tradition embedded in the legacy of African descended musicians in Boston’s contemporary classical music scene. Join scholars Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Dr. Kendra Field, and Dr. Kabria Baumgartner in lecture and discussion about Boston’s classical music history and the African descended musicians, performers, and composers who have shaped it.

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    Fri Mar 3, 2023 - 5:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andre Raphael in front of a black background

    Casual Friday: André Raphel conducts Still and Caine with the Uri Caine Trio, Barbara Walker, vocalist, and Catto Chorus

    American conductor André Raphel leads this first program in a series exploring complex social issues. The centerpiece of these concerts is Philadelphia jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine’s gospel and popular music-based The Passion of Octavius Catto, which tells of the 19th-century civil rights leader’s fight for justice. In four movements, “Longing,” “Sorrow,” “Humor,” and “Aspiration,” William Grant Still’s 1930 Afro-American Symphony, his best-known work, is a blues-tinged panorama of the composer’s heritage.

    After the performance, Uri Caine and André Raphel will take questions from the audience. See what else makes this Casual Friday concert special >

    Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

    Support for these performances of “The Passion of Octavius Catto” has been generously provided by Vita L. Weir and Edward Brice, Jr., and Pamela Everhart and Karl Coiscou.


    Andre Raphel, conductor
    Uri Caine Trio
    Uri Caine, piano
    Mike Boone, bass
    Clarence Penn, drums
    Barbara Walker, vocalist
    Catto Chorus

    STILL Symphony No. 1, Afro-American

    Uri CAINE The Passion of Octavius Catto

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    Fri Mar 3, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • portrait of Mathew Vera

    Concert: A Spiritual Fantasy

    Castle of Our Skins
    Matthew Vera, violin
    Annie Rabbat, violin
    Ashleigh Gordon, viola
    Lev Mamuya, cello
    Special Guest Student Performers from Project STEP

    WHITE (arr. Rita POFIRIS) Spiritual from From the Cotton Fields, Opus 18
    PRICE Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint for string quartet
    TILLIS Spiritual Fantasy No. 12 for string quartet (25 mins)
    Anthony R. GREEN Catto’s Courage
    (featuring special guest student performers from Project STEP)

    A Spiritual Fantasy highlights African American composers who had a woven connection with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still: Clarence Cameron White was born five years after Coleridge-Taylor and later studied with him; Florence Price was born six years before Grant Still and grew up as neighbors in Arkansas; Frederick Tillis was born the same year audiences first heard Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony. All were greatly influenced by the Negro Spiritual, a truly unique expression of African American strength, resilience, and community. A Spiritual Fantasy explores these themes in music, knowing the same sense of strength, resilience, and community were pivotal forces that inspired civil rights activist Octavius Catto, whose story is told in the BSO's later performance of The Passion of Octavius Catto.

    Co-Presented with Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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    Sat Mar 4, 2023 - 6:00pm

    Studio 106 at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA

  • Andre Raphael in front of a black background

    André Raphel conducts Coleridge-Taylor, Still, and Caine with the Uri Caine Trio, Barbara Walker, vocalist, and Catto Chorus

    American conductor André Raphel leads this first program in a series exploring complex social issues. The centerpiece of these concerts is Philadelphia jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine’s gospel and popular music-based The Passion of Octavius Catto, which tells of the 19th-century civil rights leader’s fight for justice. English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s charming potpourri Petite Suite de Concert dates from about 1911. In four movements, “Longing,” “Sorrow,” “Humor,” and “Aspiration,” William Grant Still’s 1930 Afro-American Symphony, his best-known work, is a blues-tinged panorama of the composer’s heritage.

    Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

    Support for these performances of “The Passion of Octavius Catto” has been generously provided by Vita L. Weir and Edward Brice, Jr., and Pamela Everhart and Karl Coiscou.


    André Raphel, conductor
    Uri Caine Trio
    Uri Caine, piano
    Mike Boone, bass
    Clarence Penn, drums
    Barbara Walker, vocalist
    Catto Chorus

    COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Petite Suite de Concert
    STILL Symphony No. 1, Afro-American
    ---- Intermission----

    Uri CAINE The Passion of Octavius Catto

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    Sat Mar 4, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Sun Mar 5, 2023 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • A woman with dirty-blonde hair plays the flute, with other flutists playing next to her

    Special Chamber Music Concert

    The BSO’s principal players and special guests present a program of chamber works exploring themes of cultural and musical identity. The concert will include spoken introductions by composers, as well as a post-performance discussion.

    Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.


    with BSO members Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Klein, violinist Lucia Lin, and cellist Alexandre Lecarme
    and Jorge Soto, conductor
    Charles Overton, harp
    Joy Cline Phinney, piano

    KAY Sonata for bassoon and piano
    Michael-Thomas FOUMAI Printing Kapa and Defending Kalo, for harp and violi
    James Lee III Chôro sem tristeza for flute solo
    Jessie MONTGOMERY Sgt. McCauley for winds and strings

    This is a free, ticketed event.

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    Tue Mar 7, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • "What I Hear" - Anthony Davis

    For this season’s final "What I Hear" event, American composer Anthony Davis curates a program of chamber music in connection with the BSO's performance of his You Have the Right to Remain Silent later that evening. New England Conservatory musicians perform a program including his works Middle Passage, Still Waters III, and the aria “They Wanted a Girl” from his opera Amistad, along with Alvin Singleton’s Be Natural, for strings. BSO Artistic Administrator Eric Valliere moderates a conversation with the composer.

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    Thu Mar 9, 2023 - 5:30pm

    Williams Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

  • portrait of David Sterling Brown

    Panel Discussion: The Right to "Remain" Silent vs the Right to Fully Express

    David Sterling Brown, panelist
    Anthony Davis, panelist
    Terrell Donnell Sledge, panelist
    Keith Hamilton Cobb, panelist
    David C. Howse, panelist
    Robert Manning, Jr., panelist

    A Private Conversation in Public

    The Right to "Remain" Silent vs the Right to Fully Express

    Six Black men, all creative professionals, discuss amongst themselves a question: What expression, however pressing, however relevant, do we make public, and what are we liable to encounter as a consequence? Relating to the BSO’s performances of Anthony Davis’s You Have the Right to Remain Silent, panelists include the Pulitzer Prize Winner Composer Anthony Davis, Shakespeare and critical race studies scholar David Sterling Brown, Ph.D.; actor and community arts advocate Terrell Donnell Sledge; Emmy nominated actor Keith Hamilton Cobb; a recognized leader in the Boston arts and theatre scene, David C. Howse; and NAACP Theatre Award winner Robert Manning, Jr. We invite the BSO audience to be present and to listen to them as they discuss the nuance between public expression and consequences as it pertains to racial injustice: The Right to "Remain" Silent vs. The Right to Fully Express.

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    Sat Mar 11, 2023 - 5:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Anthony McGill holding a clarinet and smiling in front of a gray background

    Thomas Wilkins conducts Bonds, Davis, and Dawson with Anthony McGill, clarinet

    In the second program of a series of concerts exploring complex social issues, conductor Thomas Wilkins leads clarinetist Anthony McGill in Anthony Davis’ concerto You Have the Right to Remain Silent, a musical response to a tense encounter with law enforcement in a case of mistaken identity. Margaret Bonds’ spiritual-based Montgomery Variations is a 1963 tribute to Montgomery, Alabama, and to Martin Luther King. William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony was a huge success upon its premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1934 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Leopold Stokowski. The symphony’s themes are taken from the melodies of spirituals.

    Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.


    Thomas Wilkins, conductor
    Anthony McGill, clarinet

    BONDS Selection from Montgomery Variations (I. Decision; II. Prayer Meeting; III. March)
    Anthony DAVIS You Have the Right to Remain Silent, for clarinet and orchestra
    Intermission

    DAWSON Negro Folk Symphony

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    Thu Mar 9, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Mar 10, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Mar 11, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Julia Wolfe sitting with her hands under her chin

    Panel Discussion: Her Story

    Arielle Gray (WBUR), moderator
    Julia Wolfe, composer
    Dr. Jane Kamensky (Harvard University), panelist
    Dr. Robyn C. Spencer-Antoine (Lehman College), panelist

    Julia Wolfe’s Her Story captures the ongoing struggle for women’s voices in America. Lorelei joins forces with the Boston Symphony to tell this important history. Moderated by WBUR’s Arielle Gray, Wolfe and a panel of scholars discuss the history and process of building this spectacular work. From a letter of Abigail Adams to the words of Sojourner Truth, Her Story is a personal and emotional response to the ongoing quest for equal rights.

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    Sat Mar 18, 2023 - 5:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Giancarlo Guerrero sitting on a stool in front of a beige background

    Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Górecki and Wolfe with Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano and Lorelei Ensemble

    In this third concert in a series exploring complex social issues, frequent guest Giancarlo Guerrero leads American composer Julia Wolfe’s BSO co-commissioned Her Story, featuring the Lorelei Ensemble women’s vocal group. Originally commissioned to commemorate the centenary of women’s right to vote in the U.S., the piece broadly speaks of the continuing struggle for women’s rights. The three movements of Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs movingly contemplates the anguish of the separation of a mother from her child.

    Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

    GÓRECKI performed with English supertitles


    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
    Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano
    Lorelei Ensemble
    Beth Willer, conductor
    Eliza Bagg, soprano
    Taylor Boykins, alto
    Sarah Brailey, soprano
    Meg Dudley, soprano
    Christina English, alto
    Stephanie Kacoyanis, alto
    Michele Kennedy, soprano
    Emily Marvosh, alto
    Sophie Michaux, alto
    Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
    Anne Kauffman, stage director
    Jeff Sugg, scenic, lighting, and production designer
    Márion Talán De La Rosa, costume designer
    Andrew Cotton, sound designer

    GÓRECKI Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
    Intermission
    Julia WOLFE Her Story, for vocal ensemble and orchestra (Co-commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Music Director; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. The Boston Symphony Orchestra commission is through the generous support of the New Works Fund established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Morton Margolis Fund.)

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    Thu Mar 16, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Mar 17, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Mar 18, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Black and white portrait of Thomas Adés

    Thomas Adès conducts Adès and Stravinsky with Danielle de Niese, narrator, Edgaras Montvidas, tenor and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor

    English composer Thomas Adès returns to lead two works from The Dante Project, a three-part ballet score from 2021 based on Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century Italian epic poem Commedia. The piece was written to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death. Igor Stravinsky’s mythology-based Perséphone for narrator, tenor, chorus, and orchestra is a magically surreal neoclassical retelling of the goddess Persephone’s abduction by Hades, god of the underworld.

    Sung in French with English supertitles

    Friday afternoon’s appearance by Edgaras Montvidas is supported by a gift in loving memory of Alan J. Dworsky.


    Thomas Adès, conductor
    Edgaras Montvidas, tenor
    Danielle de Niese, narrator
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus
     James Burton, conductor
    The Boys of the St. Paul’s Choir School
     James Kennerly, director

    STRAVINSKY Perséphone
    Intermission
    Thomas ADÈS Inferno Suite
    Thomas ADÈS Paradiso

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    Thu Mar 23, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Mar 24, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Mar 25, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Elita Kang headshot with violin

    Community Chamber Concert - North Adams

    Elita Kang & Takumi Taguchi, violins
    Danny Kim & Rebecca Gitter, violas
    Will Chow, cello
    Tom van Dyke, cello/bass
    BOCCHERINI String Quintet in F, Op. 39/2, G.338
    Aigerim SEILOVA Baqsi, for string quartet
    SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht

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    Sun Mar 26, 2023 - 3:00pm

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA

  • Andris Nelsons and the BSO perform Shostakovich Symphony No. 8, 3.24.16

    Youth Concert: Young at Heart: A Musical Look at Curiosity, Creativity and Courage

    Download the Youth Concert Social Story

    ELGAR Overture, from The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 1
    ELGAR The Wild Bears, from The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2
    MENDELSSOHN Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    BEETHOVEN Excerpts from Symphony No. 1
    Carlos SIMON Fate Now Conquers
    Valerie COLEMAN Seven O'Clock Shout

    Mason BATES B-Sides: Warehouse Medicine
    MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2

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    Wed Mar 29, 2023 - 10:00am

    Wed Mar 29, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Thu Mar 30, 2023 - 10:00am

    Thu Mar 30, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Fri Mar 31, 2023 - 10:00am

    Fri Mar 31, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Francisco Noya wearing black, standing on the conductor podium, conducting an orchestra while holding a baton.

    Family Concert: Young at Heart: A Musical Look at Curiosity, Creativity and Courage

    From Beethoven to Carlos Simon, this family-friendly program explores the journeys of major composers who wrote groundbreaking works while they were young, and how today’s young composers are having the same significant impact.

    *The 10am concert is a sensory-friendly performance

    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Francisco Noya, Conductor
    Rebecca Sheir, Program Host
    Ye Sol (Joanna) Yi, bassoon (12pm only)

    10am Program:
    ELGAR Overture, from The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 1
    ELGAR The Wild Bears, from The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2
    MENDELSSOHN Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    BEETHOVEN Excerpts from Symphony No. 1
    Carlos SIMON Fate Now Conquers
    Valerie COLEMAN Seven O'Clock Shout
    Mason BATES B-Sides: Warehouse Medicine
    MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2

    12pm Program:
    ELGAR Overture, from The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 1
    ELGAR The Wild Bears, from The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2
    MENDELSSOHN Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    HUMMEL Bassoon Concerto in F (first movement)
     Ye Sol (Joanna) Yi, bassoon
    BEETHOVEN Excerpts from Symphony No. 1
    Carlos SIMON Fate Now Conquers Valerie
    COLEMAN Seven O'Clock Shout
    Mason BATES B-Sides: Warehouse Medicine

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    Sat Apr 1, 2023 - 10:00am

    Sat Apr 1, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Rebecca Gitter headshot with viola

    Community Chamber Concert - Groton

    Elita Kang & Takumi Taguchi, violins
    Danny Kim & Rebecca Gitter, violas
    Will Chow, cello
    Tom van Dyke, cello/bass
    BOCCHERINI String Quintet in F, Op. 39/2, G.338
    Aigerim SEILOVA Baqsi, for string quartet
    SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht

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    Sun Apr 2, 2023 - 3:00pm

    Groton Hill Music Center, Groton, MA

  • Eric Lu portrait

    Earl Lee conducts Chin, Mozart, and Schumann with Eric Lu, piano

    BSO Assistant Conductor Earl Lee, making his full-program Symphony Hall debut, is joined by acclaimed young Chinese American pianist Eric Lu for Wolfgang Mozart’s passionate, stormy D minor piano concerto. The title of South Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin’s brief, exciting concert opener translates as "suddenly, with power." Composed during one of his periods of chronic depression, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony is nevertheless wonderfully affirmative and optimistic in character.

    Eric Lu’s performance Friday afternoon is supported by the May and Dan Pierce Guest Artist Fund.


    Earl Lee, conductor
    Eric Lu, piano

    Unsuk CHIN subito con forza
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
    Intermission
    SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

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    Thu Apr 6, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Apr 7, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Apr 8, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Children standing in a balcony at Symphony Hall posing and throwing their arms up in the air.

    Family Concert: Music, Magic, and More

    Bring the whole family to Symphony Hall for this fun and engaging concert series, designed to encourage an appreciation for live performance and orchestral music.

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    Marta Żurad, conductor
    Matt Roberts, magician
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    Sat Apr 15, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Gautier Capucon portrait

    Andris Nelsons conducts Escaich, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel with Gautier Capuçon, cello

    Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the American premiere of a new work for cello and orchestra by French organist-composer Thierry Escaich, written for soloist Gautier Capuçon. Maurice Ravel’s exuberantly orchestrated Alborada del gracioso is tinged with Flamenco rhythms and Spanish flavors. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s by turns lush and exuberant Symphony No. 2 closes the program.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Gautier Capuçon, cello

    RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
    Thierry ESCAICH Les Chants de l'aube, for cello and orchestra (American premiere; co-commissioned by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Music Director, through the generous support of Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser.)
    Intermission
    RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

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    Thu Apr 13, 2023 - 10:30am

    Thu Apr 13, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Apr 14, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Apr 15, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Boston Symphony Chamber Players performing at Jordan Hall

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Join us for more intimate performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ (BSCP) on Sunday afternoons at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Founded in 1964, the BSCP combines the talents of BSO principal players and renowned guest artists to explore the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire.


    Randall Hodgkinson, piano

    RAVEL Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet, and strings
    Sofia GUBAIDULINA Sonata for double-bass and piano
    BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, Op. 20

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    Sun Apr 16, 2023 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andris Nelsons conducts Adés, Mozart, and Sibelius with Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin and Golda Schultz, soprano

    Andris Nelsons leads superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in the American premiere of English composer Thomas Adès’ new Sibelius-inspired Air for violin and orchestra, a BSO co-commission written for Mutter. In her BSO debut, the young South African soprano Golda Schultz sings Jean Sibelius’ Luonnotar, a dramatic tone poem with voice based on Finnish creation myth. Though his Fifth Symphony was an enormous success at its 1915 premiere, Sibelius extensively revised the original four-movement work, completing the final three-movement version in 1919.

    Friday afternoon's performance by the vocal soloist is supported by a generous gift from the Ethan Ayer Vocal Soloist Fund.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
    Golda Schultz, soprano

    SIBELIUS Luonnotar
    MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1
    Intermission
    Thomas ADÈS Air, for violin and orchestra (American premiere; co-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 and the Arthur P. Contas Commissioning Fund.)
    SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5

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    Thu Apr 20, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri Apr 21, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat Apr 22, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Jenny Ahn portrait holding violin

    Community Chamber Concert - Methuen

    Jenny Ahn & Sophie Wang, violins
    Cathy Basrak, viola
    Adam Esbensen, cello
    Caroline SHAW Punctum, for string quartet
    HAYDN Sonata II: Grave e cantabile, from Seven Last Words on the Cross, Op. 51
    TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11

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    Sun Apr 23, 2023 - 3:00pm

    Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA

  • Adam Esbensen headshot with cello

    Community Chamber Concert - Fenway Center, Boston

    Jenny Ann & Sophie Wang, violins
    Cathy Basrak, viola
    Adam Esbensen, cello
    Caroline SHAW Punctum, for string quartet
    HAYDN Sonata II: Grave e cantabile, from Seven Last Words on the Cross, Op. 51
    TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11

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    Fri Apr 28, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Fenway Center, Boston, MA

  • Seong Jin Cho sitting in front of a piano

    Casual Friday: Andris Nelsons conducts Ravel and Stravinsky with Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    Acclaimed South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho returns to Symphony Hall for Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G, one of the composer’s final works, which ranges from jazzy energy to poignant lyricism. Igor Stravinsky’s 1911 ballet Petrushka, the second of his great trilogy for the Ballets Russes company, depicts the hapless living puppet title character in gloriously scored scenes from a carnival fair.

    Post-Concert speakers: Suzanne Nelsen and Robert Sheena
    Robert Kirzinger, Moderator

    Friday evening’s performance by Seong-Jin Cho is supported by the Nathan R. Miller Family Guest Artist Fund.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
    STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)

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    Fri Apr 28, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Seong Jin Cho sitting in front of a piano

    Andris Nelsons conducts Ravel, Shaw, and Stravinsky with Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    Acclaimed South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho returns to Symphony Hall for Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G, one of the composer’s final works, which ranges from jazzy energy to poignant lyricism. Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw’s Punctum, is a meditation on a moment from J.S. Bach. Igor Stravinsky’s 1911 ballet Petrushka, the second of his great trilogy for the Ballets Russes company, depicts the hapless living puppet title character in gloriously scored scenes from a carnival fair.

    Saturday evening’s performance by Seong-Jin Cho is supported by the Roberta M. Strang Memorial Fund.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    Caroline SHAW Punctum
    RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
    Intermission
    STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)

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    Sat Apr 29, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Falling Out of Time

    This special concert presents Argentina-born American composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time, composed for a multicultural, multistylistic instrumental ensemble. Drawing powerfully on popular and folk music styles, based on David Grossman’s experimental novel about parents’ grief at the loss of a child, Golijov’s urgently impactful piece is here presented in a semi-staged performance.

    Semi-staged production, presented in association with Celebrity Series of Boston.


    Biella da Costa, Woman

    Nora Fischer, Centaur

    Yoni Rechter, Man

    Ensemble: Dan Brantigan, trumpet and flugelhorn; Shawn Conley, acoustic and electric bass; Jeremy Flower, electric guitar and synthesizer; Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Mario Gotoh, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Shane Shanahan, percussion; Mazz Swift, violin; Megan Conley, harp

    Osvaldo GOLIJOV Falling Out of Time


    Related Programming

    On Sunday, April 23, 2023, join The Vilna Shul: Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture for an exclusive conversation with Osvaldo Golijov and Falling Out of Time musicians Nora Fischer and Yoni Rechter on the origins and journey of this artistic work.

    Presented by The Vilna Shul in association with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series and BroadBand Collaborative.

    Falling Out of Time
    : A Conversation
    Sunday, April 23, 2023 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
    The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St. Boston MA 02114

    Register for the Conversation

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    Sun Apr 30, 2023 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andris Nelsons conducting

    Andris Nelsons conducts Britten and Shostakovich with Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone, Augustin Hadelich, violin and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with James Burton, conductor

    The BSO and Andris Nelsons complete their multi-season survey of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies with No. 13, Babi Yar, based on poems by Yevgeny Yevteshenko. The title poem condemns Soviet revisionist history and antisemitism surrounding a Nazi massacre of Ukrainian Jews. The outstanding German bass-baritone Matthias Goerne is soloist. Opening the program, frequent BSO guest Augustin Hadelich plays Benjamin Britten’s early, lyrical and poignant Violin Concerto, the composer’s reaction to the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War.

    This week’s performances by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus are supported by the Alan. J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Fund for Voice and Chorus.


    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Augustin Hadelich, violin
    Matthias Goerne, bass

    Tenors and Basses of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
     James Burton, conductor
    Tenors and Basses of the New England Conservatory Symphonic Choir
     Erica J. Washburn, conductor

    BRITTEN Violin Concerto
    Intermission
    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar

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    Thu May 4, 2023 - 7:30pm

    Fri May 5, 2023 - 1:30pm

    Sat May 6, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • A crowd is giving a standing ovation

    Concert for the City

    Join us for a special, free performance dedicated to the people of this great city we call home! Led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, Concert for the City will feature a diverse musical program meant to celebrate the City of Boston and strengthen our community through the shared experience of remarkable music. Doors open at 12:30pm for pre-concert activities.

    Concert for the City is generously supported by the Li-Qiu Family Foundation

    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Boston Pops Orchestra
    Keith Lockhart, conductor
    Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator
    The Hon. Michelle Wu, Mayor of Boston, piano

    Invocation: Anjalequa Leynneyah Verona Birkett, Boston 2022 Youth Poet Laureate
    John WILLIAMS Fanfare for Fenway
    Geroge Whitefield CHADWICK Jubilee
    Florence PRICE “Juba Dance” from Symphony No. 1
    Duke ELLINGTON Come Sunday
     Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator
    Valerie COLEMAN Seven O’Clock Shout
    Wolfgang MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467 (2nd movement, Andante)
     Michelle Wu, piano
    Roberto SIERRA Fandangos
    Chick COREA (Arr. Emilio SOLLA) Spain
    Dropkick Murphys (Arr. Pat HOLLENBECK) Shipping Up to Boston

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    Sun May 7, 2023 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Elizabeth Klein headshot with flute

    Community Chamber Concert - Dorchester

    Elizabeth Klein, flute
    Michael Wayne, clarinet
    Robert Sheena, oboe
    Richard Ranti, bassoon
    Rachel Childers, horn
    BARBER Summer Music
    CARTER Woodwind Quintet
    Lalo SCHIFRIN La Nouvelle Orleans
    Valerie COLEMAN Red Clay & Mississippi Delta
    John HARBISON Quintet for Winds (last movement)
    Paquito D’RIVERA Selections from Aires Tropicales

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    Sun May 21, 2023 - 3:00pm

    All Saints Church, Boston, MA