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2024-25 BSO Season

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert

    Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Thirty years since the destruction of the second Death Star, the sinister First Order, commanded by the mysterious Snoke and apprentice Kylo Ren, rise from the ashes of the Empire. The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa, attempts to thwart the First Order's threat, but they're desperate for help. Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, find themselves joining forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a perilous mission to return a BB-unit droid back to the Resistance with a map to Luke Skywalker.

    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. ®All rights reserved.

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    Thu Sep 5, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Sep 6, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, wearing a white jacket, raises both hands to lead orchestra

    A Grand Suite from Harry Potter

    Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Experience the story of “the boy who lived” and his mortal struggle against You-Know-Who as John Williams’ magical score and a vivid narration conjure up this world of wizards and wonders that has captivated audiences for decades.

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    Sat Sep 7, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Sun Sep 8, 2024 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Lang Lang headshot

    Opening Night Gala

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Lang Lang and Gina Alice Redlinger, pianos
    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
    Keila Wakao, violin

    Carlos SIMON New work (world premiere; BSO commission)
    RAVEL Tzigane, for violin and orchestra
    CANTELOUBE Selection of Songs of the Auvergne
    SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals, for pianos and orchestra
    RAVEL La Valse

    Opening Night features the first commission from our new Composer Chair, Carlos Simon, dedicated to Andris Nelson’s 10th anniversary season as music director. Our soloists for the evening include superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, dazzling husband-and-wife pianists Lang Lang and Gina Alice Redlinger, and the winner of the 2023 Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the brilliant newcomer violinist Keila Wakao.

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    Thu Sep 19, 2024 - 6:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Aerial Rope

    Cirque de la Symphonie

    Boston Pops Orchestra
    Keith Lockhart, conductor
    Cirque de la Symphonie

    The peerless artistry of the Boston Pops meets the athletic elegance of some of the most talented circus performers in the world as they tumble and fly through the air to a soundtrack featuring timeless tunes from the silver screen.

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    Fri Sep 20, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Portrait of Keith Lockhart

    Concert for the City

    Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, and Thomas Wilkins, conductor

    We throw open the Symphony Hall doors to showcase all that the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops have to offer, alongside our arts and music education partners and programs from throughout Greater Boston. Join BSO and Pops musicians, Music Director Andris Nelsons, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins for a free and joyful afternoon of music-making and community spirit.

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    Sat Sep 21, 2024 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • William R. Hudgins headshot with clarinet

    Andris Nelsons conducts León, Copland, Barber, and Simon with William R. Hudgins, clarinet

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    William R. Hudgins, clarinet

    Tania LEÓN New work (world premiere; BSO co-commission)
    COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
    BARBER Adagio for Strings
    Carlos SIMON Wake Up: A Concerto for Orchestra

    Music Director Andris Nelsons leads this all-American program including works by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León and inaugural BSO Composer Chair Carlos Simon. BSO Principal Clarinet William R. Hudgins is the soloist in Aaron Copland’s delightful Clarinet Concerto, contrasting with Samuel Barber’s soulful Adagio for Strings.

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    Thu Sep 26, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Sep 27, 2024 - 1:30pm

    Sat Sep 28, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Featuring an all-American program curated by Carlos Simon

    This is a non-subscription performance

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    Sun Sep 29, 2024 - 3:00pm

  • Andris Nelsons conducting

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler Symphony No. 8

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Latonia Moore, soprano 1
    Christine Goerke, soprano 2
    Ying Fang, soprano 3
    Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano 1
    Gerhild Romberger, mezzo-soprano 2
    Andreas Schager, tenor
    Michael Nagy, baritone
    Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus
     James Burton, conductor
    Boys of the St. Paul’s Choir School
     Brandon Straub, Music Director

    MAHLER Symphony No. 8

    Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, the so-called “Symphony of a Thousand” for eight soloists, large chorus, children’s chorus, organ, and orchestra, was the composer’s most ambitious work philosophically as well as musically. By pairing in this oratorio-like work – a vast setting of the hymn “Veni, creator spiritus” – with the redemptive final scene of Goethe’s Faust, Mahler strives for the widest possible scope of spiritual optimism.

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    Fri Oct 4, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Sat Oct 5, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Sun Oct 6, 2024 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Olivier Latry headshot

    Samy Rachid conducts Berlioz, Gandolfi, and Saint-Saëns with Olivier Latry, organ

    Samy Rachid, conductor
    Olivier Latry, organ

    BERLIOZ Waverley Overture
    Michael GANDOLFI Ascending Light, for organ and orchestra
    SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony

    BSO Assistant Conductor Samy Rachid makes his BSO subscription debut in a program featuring the glorious Symphony Hall organ. Olivier Latry, organist at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, premiered Michael Gandolfi’s Ascending Light here in 2015. The BSO-commissioned work was composed as tribute to Armenian culture on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Camille Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony features the organ prominently in its majestic finale. Hector Berlioz’s Waverley Overture evokes the romance and intrigue of Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels.

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    Thu Oct 10, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Oct 11, 2024 - 1:30pm

    Sat Oct 12, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Xian Zhang headshot

    Open Rehearsal: Xian Zhang conducts Chen, Schumann, and Mozart with Jonathan Biss, piano

    Xian Zhang, conductor
    Jonathan Biss, piano

    CHEN Yi Landscape Impression
    SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
    MOZART Symphony No. 39

    Xian Zhang makes her Symphony Hall debut leading a work she premiered with the New Jersey Symphony in June 2023, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese-born composer Chen Yi’s Landscape Impression. American pianist Jonathan Biss is the soloist in Robert Schumann’s lyrical and powerful Piano Concerto. Schumann wrote the piece at the urging of his wife Clara, one of the great pianists of the age. Mozart’s elegant Symphony No. 39 was the first of his final trilogy of symphonies, written at lightning speed in summer 1788.

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    Thu Oct 17, 2024 - 10:30am

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Xian Zhang headshot

    Xian Zhang conducts Chen, Schumann, and Mozart with Jonathan Biss, piano

    Xian Zhang, conductor
    Jonathan Biss, piano

    CHEN Yi Landscape Impression
    SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
    MOZART Symphony No. 39

    Xian Zhang makes her Symphony Hall debut leading a work she premiered with the New Jersey Symphony in June 2023, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese-born composer Chen Yi’s Landscape Impression. American pianist Jonathan Biss is the soloist in Robert Schumann’s lyrical and powerful Piano Concerto. Schumann wrote the piece at the urging of his wife Clara, one of the great pianists of the age. Mozart’s elegant Symphony No. 39 was the first of his final trilogy of symphonies, written at lightning speed in summer 1788.

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    Thu Oct 17, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Oct 18, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Sat Oct 19, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Kendall, Liszt, and Strauss with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

    Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

    Hannah KENDALL O flower of fire (American premiere)
    LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
    STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

    French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet brings dazzling elegance to Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which distills the turbulent essence of Romanticism. Italian-British conductor Antonio Pappano also leads two works asking deep questions of humanity while expanding the range of the orchestra. Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, with its immediately recognizable opening “sunrise,” is a musical response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s metaphysical novel of the same name. Hannah Kendall uses unusual orchestral techniques and music boxes in her recent O flower of fire, inspired by the work of Guyanese-British poet Martin Carter.

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    Sat Oct 26, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Thu Oct 24, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Oct 25, 2024 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet headshot

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

    POULENC Sonata for flute and piano
    POULENC Sonata for oboe and piano
    POULENC Sonata for clarinet and piano
    Betsy JOLAS Music for here, for bassoon, viola, and cello
    FRANÇAIX Dixtour for winds and strings

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    Sun Oct 27, 2024 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

  • Brett Miller headshot

    Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

    Brett Miller, organ

    Experience the grotesque terror of F.R. Murnau’s 1922 genre-defining horror classic just as silent-film audiences of the time did, with live organ accompaniment creating a chilling atmosphere that will have you shaking in your seat!

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    Wed Oct 30, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert

    Boston Pops Orchestra
    Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Based on an original poem and characters created by Tim Burton, the film was first released in 1993 as The Nightmare Before Christmas. Directed by Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach), the film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town's beloved Pumpkin King.

    Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine of Halloween, Jack longs to try something new. Convinced that he can spread the joy of Christmas and against the advice of Sally, a caring and clever ragdoll, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to kidnap Santa Claus. But Jack’s merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.

    The film is rated “PG.”

    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. ®All rights reserved.

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    Thu Oct 31, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Sat Nov 2, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, wearing a white jacket, raises both hands to lead orchestra

    Celebrating El Día de Muertos – The Day of the Dead

    Boston Pops Orchestra
    Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Step into the mesmerizing world of Mexican tradition as we present a vibrant celebration of "El Día de Muertos" – The Day of the Dead. Join us for an evening filled with music that honors this rich cultural heritage where life and death intertwine in a beautiful tapestry of remembrance and reverence.

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    Fri Nov 1, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Thomas Wilkins headshot with baton

    Open Rehearsal: Duke Ellington Anniversary Celebration

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor
    Gerald Clayton, piano
    Renese King, vocalist
    Vocal Ensemble

    ALL-ELLINGTON PROGRAM
    Three Black Kings

    New World A-Coming
    , for piano and orchestra
    Night Creature

    Selection from the Sacred Concerts

    The BSO and Thomas Wilkins mark the 50th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s death with three of this American musical genius’ symphonically ambitious “Tone Parallels” — his personal take on the tone poem; Gerald Clayton is soloist in the optimistic New World A-Coming. Ellington’s three Sacred Concerts of 1965, 1968, and 1973, conceived as a parallel to traditional European church music, feature styles at the core of jazz, including gospel, the blues, and spirituals in a multi-dimensional, oratorio-like presentation.

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    Thu Nov 7, 2024 - 10:30am

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Thomas Wilkins headshot with baton

    Duke Ellington Anniversary Celebration

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor
    Gerald Clayton, piano
    Renese King, vocalist
    Vocal Ensemble

    ALL-ELLINGTON PROGRAM
    Three Black Kings

    New World A-Coming
    , for piano and orchestra
    Night Creature

    Selection from the Sacred Concerts

    The BSO and Thomas Wilkins mark the 50th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s death with three of this American musical genius’ symphonically ambitious “Tone Parallels” — his personal take on the tone poem; Gerald Clayton is soloist in the optimistic New World A-Coming. Ellington’s three Sacred Concerts of 1965, 1968, and 1973, conceived as a parallel to traditional European church music, feature styles at the core of jazz, including gospel, the blues, and spirituals in a multi-dimensional, oratorio-like presentation.

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    Thu Nov 7, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Sat Nov 9, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Performance of Peter and the Wolf

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra: Peter and the Wolf

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO)

    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

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    Sat Nov 9, 2024 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Open Rehearsal: Philippe Jordan conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky with Jan Lisiecki, piano

    Philippe Jordan, conductor
    Jan Lisiecki, piano

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

    Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is the soloist in Mozart’s mysterious and stormy Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor which owes much to the composer’s sensitivity to operatic drama and expressivity. This concerto was particularly admired by artists of the Romantic era. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky said of his poignant Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, “I love it as I have never loved any of my musical children.” It was his last completed work; he led the premiere less than two weeks before his death

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    Thu Nov 14, 2024 - 10:30am

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Jan Lisiecki headshot

    Philippe Jordan conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky with Jan Lisiecki, piano

    Philippe Jordan, conductor
    Jan Lisiecki, piano

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

    Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is the soloist in Mozart’s mysterious and stormy Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor which owes much to the composer’s sensitivity to operatic drama and expressivity. This concerto was particularly admired by artists of the Romantic era. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky said of his poignant Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, “I love it as I have never loved any of my musical children.” It was his last completed work; he led the premiere less than two weeks before his death

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    Thu Nov 14, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Nov 15, 2024 - 1:30pm

    Sat Nov 16, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • A headshot of Samy Rachid

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Samy Rachid, conductor (Schoenberg)
    Randall Hodgkinson, piano

    Kevin PUTS (new work)
    Adam SCHOENBERG Slice (BSO co-commission)
    BRITTEN Temporal Variations, for oboe and piano
    COPLAND Appalachian Spring

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    Sun Nov 17, 2024 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

  • Renee Fleming wearing a long gold coat

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart and Puts with soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Renée Fleming, soprano
    Rod Gilfry, baritone
    Wendall Harrington, video artist

    MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
    MOZART Symphony No. 36, Linz
    Kevin PUTS The Brightness of Light, for soprano, baritone, and orchestra

    Painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz tell their love story in Kevin Puts’ poignantly romantic The Brightness of Light, a BSO commission composed for Renée Fleming. Wendall Harrington designed the accompanying lush projections based on images from O’Keeffe’s life and work. The program opens with two high-spirited Mozart works dating from his early Vienna years, when he was creating a new life as an independent composer.

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    Thu Nov 21, 2024 - 7:30pm

    Fri Nov 22, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Sat Nov 23, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Sergio Tiempo headshot

    Andris Nelsons and the TMC Conducting Fellows conduct Sibelius & Grieg with Sergio Tiempo, piano

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Ross Jamie Collins and Na’Zir McFadden, Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellows
    Sergio Tiempo, piano

    SIBELIUS Finlandia
    GRIEG Piano Concerto
    GRIEG Holberg Suite
    SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7

    Andris Nelsons and our two summer 2024 Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellows share this concert of Norwegian and Finnish works. Argentine pianist Sergio Tiempo is soloist in the Norwegian Edvard Grieg’s fiery Piano Concerto, paired with the composer’s delightful Holberg Suite, based on Baroque dances. Jean Sibelius composed Finlandia pointedly to elevate Finnish national feeling, and it succeeded wonderfully, becoming one of his most popular works. His late single-movement Seventh Symphony is the ultimate expression of his personal musical language.

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    Fri Nov 29, 2024 - 1:30pm

    Sat Nov 30, 2024 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • An image of Beethoven overlaid with a music score

    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven Symphonies 1, 2, and 3

    Andris Nelsons, conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN program
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3, Eroica

    Our exploration of Beethoven starts with his beginnings as an acolyte of Joseph Haydn and W.A. Mozart in his Symphony No. 1 in 1800. Beethoven revolutionized the symphony – and the language of music – through the startlingly innovative Second and Third (Eroica) symphonies which incorporated the heroic journey into symphonic form

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    Thu Jan 9, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Jan 10, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Jan 11, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • An image of Beethoven overlaid with a music score

    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 5

    Andris Nelsons, conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN program
    Symphony No.4
    Symphony No. 5

    Beethoven composed his Fourth and Fifth symphonies almost concurrently, but they’re very different in their expressive impact. The Fourth is one of Beethoven’s warmest, most congenial works, sharing that mood with the Violin Concerto completed just after the symphony. The Fifth Symphony, by contrast, creates wonderful intensity through the famous four-note “fate” motif—perhaps the most famous musical fragment of all time—and resolves that tension in a triumphant finale.

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    Thu Jan 16, 2025 - 10:30am

    Thu Jan 16, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Jan 17, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • An image of Beethoven overlaid with a music score

    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven Symphonies 6 & 7

    Andris Nelsons, conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN program
    Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
    Symphony No. 7

    Beethoven conceived his Pastoral Symphony, No. 6, as an illustration of a lovely day spent in the countryside, where we encounter babbling brooks, birds of various sorts, friendly country dwellers, and a brief, tumultuous storm. His Seventh Symphony has long been one of his most popular works—especially its solemn Allegretto, which had such an effect at its premiere that it was immediately encored.

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    Sat Jan 18, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Tue Jan 21, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven Symphonies 8 & 9

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Amanda Majeski, soprano
    Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
    Pavel Černoch, tenor
    Andrè Schuen, baritone
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
     James Burton, conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN program
    Symphony No. 8
    Symphony No. 9

    For all his reputation as a prickly artistic genius whose music crackles with heaven-storming power, Beethoven shared with his teacher Haydn a delightful musical wit, nowhere so clearly demonstrated as in his Eighth Symphony. The cycle concludes with his hugely ambitious and all-embracing Ninth, a revolution in and of itself; it was the first symphony to include chorus, transforming Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” into a rallying cry for humanity.

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    Fri Jan 24, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Jan 25, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Thu Jan 23, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Andris Nelsons conducts Korngold Die tote Stadt

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Christine Goerke, soprano (Marietta)
    Elisa Sunshine, soprano (Juliette)
    Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano (Brigitte)
    Brandon Jovanovich, tenor (Paul)
    Joshua Sanders, tenor (Victorin)
    Neal Ferreira, tenor (Gaston)
    Terrence Chin-Joy, tenor (Graf Albert)
    Andrzej Filończyk, baritone (Frank)
    Elliot Madore, baritone (Fritz)
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus
     James Burton, conductor

    KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt*

    Erich Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (“The Dead City”) is an incredibly tender work, embodying the twilight of the Romantic era. Korngold, a remarkable prodigy who later became one of Hollywood’s most important composers, began the opera when he was only 19 and completed it at age 23. It opened simultaneously in December 1920 in Cologne and Hamburg and became one of the biggest operatic successes of the era. The opera’s theme of struggling with the memory of a lost loved one undoubtedly resonated with audiences still traumatized by the recent catastrophe of World War I.

    *Sung in German with English supertitles.
    Presented in collaboration with the Boston Lyric Opera.

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    Thu Jan 30, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Sat Feb 1, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Nathalie Stutzmann headshot

    Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Beethoven, Ravel, and Stravinsky with Veronika Eberle, violin

    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
    Veronika Eberle, violin

    BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
    RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
    STRAVINSKY The Firebird (1919 suite)

    French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann makes her BSO conducting debut with German violinist Veronika Eberle in her Symphony Hall debut in Beethoven’s towering Violin Concerto. Ravel's Alborada del gracioso and Stravinsky’s ballet score The Firebird are both marvels of orchestral brilliance from the 1910s: Ravel’s one of his many Spanish-influenced confections and Stravinsky’s a journey through a Russian folk tale of heroism, magic, and renewal that vaulted the composer to the forefront of modern music.

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    Sat Feb 8, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Thu Feb 6, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Feb 7, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Herbert Blomstedt wearing a white shirt with a red sweater

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Schubert & Brahms

    Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

    SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6
    BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

    Herbert Blomstedt, celebrating a seven-decade conducting career, returns to lead the BSO in Franz Schubert's light-hearted, cheerful Symphony No. 6, composed when he was 20 and notable as a satisfyingly classical work preceding his more searching later symphonies. Brahms was strongly influenced by Schubert but more so still by Beethoven, whose symphonic shadow apparently kept Brahms from completing his First Symphony until he was 43 years old. A prominent theme in its finale is a direct nod to Beethoven’s Ninth.

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    Thu Feb 13, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Feb 14, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Feb 15, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • J'Nai Bridges wearing a marigold colored gown

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
    Samy Rachid, conductor (Golijov)

    SCHUBERT Notturno in E-flat for violin, cello, and piano, D.897
    RAVEL Chansons madecasses
    Osvaldo GOLIJOV Laika
    BRAHMS String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18

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    Sun Feb 16, 2025 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

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    Alan Gilbert conducts Haydn & Stravinsky with Isabelle Faust, violin

    Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Isabelle Faust, violin

    HAYDN Symphony No. 48, Marie Therese
    STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
    HAYDN Symphony No. 99

    Isabelle Faust and Alan Gilbert return for Stravinsky’s bracing, wry Violin Concerto, a work at the core of his sparkling and witty neoclassical period. Bracketing Stravinsky’s concerto are two Joseph Haydn works from early and late in his symphonic career, during which he largely created the foundations for the 18th-century Viennese Classical era.

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    Sat Feb 22, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Thu Feb 20, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Feb 21, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Giancarlo Guerrero headshot

    High School Open Rehearsal: Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Ortiz & Tchaikovsky with Alban Gerhardt, cello

    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
    Alban Gerhardt, cello

    Gabriela ORTIZ Revolución diamantina
    TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra
    TCHAIKOVSKY Francesca da Rimini

    Acclaimed Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, known for her vibrant instrumental colors and skill with dramatic narrative, wrote her ballet score Revolución diamantina with Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza. The piece explores the powerful Mexican feminist “Glitter Revolution” campaign to highlight an epidemic of violence against women. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wonderfully depicts love’s passion and an infernal whirlwind in his tone poem Francesca da Rimini, inspired by a historic injustice recounted in Dante’s Inferno. Murdered by her husband, Francesca suffers in the second level of hell for her lustfulness, buffeted by an eternal storm. As a contrast, Alban Gerhardt is soloist in the composer’s charming Variations on a Rococo Theme.

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    Thu Feb 27, 2025 - 10:30am

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Giancarlo Guerrero headshot

    Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Ortiz & Tchaikovsky with Alban Gerhardt, cello

    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
    Alban Gerhardt, cello

    Gabriela ORTIZ Revolución diamantina
    TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra
    TCHAIKOVSKY Francesca da Rimini

    Acclaimed Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, known for her vibrant instrumental colors and skill with dramatic narrative, wrote her ballet score Revolución diamantina with Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza. The piece explores the powerful Mexican feminist “Glitter Revolution” campaign to highlight an epidemic of violence against women. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wonderfully depicts love’s passion and an infernal whirlwind in his tone poem Francesca da Rimini, inspired by a historic injustice recounted in Dante’s Inferno. Murdered by her husband, Francesca suffers in the second level of hell for her lustfulness, buffeted by an eternal storm. As a contrast, Alban Gerhardt is soloist in the composer’s charming Variations on a Rococo Theme.

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    Thu Feb 27, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Feb 28, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Mar 1, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Eun Sun Kim conducts Liadov, Bartók, and Rachmaninoff with Inon Barnatan, piano

    Eun Sun Kim, conductor
    Inon Barnatan, piano

    LIADOV The Enchanted Lake
    BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3
    RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3

    South Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim makes her BSO debut with a trio of pieces exploring innovation within tradition. Star pianist Inon Barnatan returns to Symphony Hall to take on one of Bartók’s final works, the Third Piano Concerto, a love letter to his wife and his home country. While living in poverty in New York having fled the onslaught of the Nazis into Hungary, Bartók’s creativity had stalled out, and his body was failing from a long illness. The concerto — not quite finished when he passed — is a more gentle and accessibly poetic work than his previous concerti, a summation of where Bartók’s style left him at the end of his life.

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    Sat Mar 8, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Thu Mar 6, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Mar 7, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Teddy Abrams conducts Tchaikovsky, Tilson Thomas, and Bernstein with baritone Dashon Burton and Ray Chen, violin

    Teddy Abrams, conductor
    Ray Chen, violin
    Dashon Burton, baritone

    TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
    Michael TILSON THOMAS Whitman Songs
    BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    Ray Chen plays Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, the first work the composer completed after his separation from his disastrous marriage and a piece he almost dedicated to his student – and likely lover and inspiration, Iosif Kotek. 120 years later, Michael Tilson Thomas lovingly set three of Walt Whitman poems about longing and belonging for baritone and orchestra. Leonard Bernstein’s star-crossed lovers close the program in an iconic love letter to New York and love itself.

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    Thu Mar 13, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Mar 14, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Mar 15, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Sun Mar 16, 2025 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • BSO Youth and Family Concerts

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor

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    Wed Mar 19, 2025 - 12:00pm

    Thu Mar 20, 2025 - 12:00pm

    Fri Mar 21, 2025 - 12:00pm

    Sat Mar 22, 2025 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Coltrane: Legacy for Orchestra

    Edwin Outwater, conductor

    COLTRANE Legacy for Orchestra
    Arranged and curated by Carlos Simon

    Considered one of the most preeminent jazz artists of all time, and one of the most influential musical artists of any genre, John Coltrane has truly played a part in shaping the music of today. Coltrane: Legacy for Orchestra is a new live concert experience re-framing some of John Coltrane’s most popular and influential works with lush orchestrations, accompanied by exclusive and recently-exhibited personal photographs of John Coltrane.

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    Sat Mar 22, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Fri Mar 21, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Dima Slobodeniouk conducts Pärt & Mozart

    Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
    Erin Morley, soprano
    Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano
    Anthony Gregory, tenor
    Morris Robinson, bass
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
     James Burton, conductor

    Arvo PÄRT Tabula Rasa
    MOZART Requiem

    This concert probes the intersection of quiet contemplation and fervent prayers, beginning with Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa — an introspective piece exploring silence, space, and spirituality that quietly changed the shape of 20th century music.

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    Thu Mar 27, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Mar 28, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Mar 29, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Dima Slobodeniouk headshot

    Open Rehearsal: Dima Slobodeniouk conducts Hailstork, Stravinsky, and Elgar with Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

    Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
    Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

    Adolphus HAILSTORK Lachrymosa: 1919
    STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements
    ELGAR Violin Concerto

    Dima Slobodeniouk leads three works, all notable for their proximity to wartime. Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto can be seen in retrospect as an idyllic calm before the storm of World War I. Adolphus Hailstork’s Lachrymosa: 1919 explores the Red Summer of 1919, a deadly backlash against Black American prosperity in the wake of the war. Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements was the composer’s dark reaction to the universal devastation of World War II.

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    Thu Apr 3, 2025 - 10:30am

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Dima Slobodeniouk headshot

    Dima Slobodeniouk conducts Hailstork, Stravinsky, and Elgar

    Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
    Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

    Adolphus HAILSTORK Lachrymosa: 1919
    STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements
    ELGAR Violin Concerto

    Dima Slobodeniouk leads three works, all notable for their proximity to wartime. Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto can be seen in retrospect as an idyllic calm before the storm of World War I. Adolphus Hailstork’s Lachrymosa: 1919 explores the Red Summer of 1919, a deadly backlash against Black American prosperity in the wake of the war. Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements was the composer’s dark reaction to the universal devastation of World War II.

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    Thu Apr 3, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Apr 4, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Apr 5, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Full Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage at Symphony Hall

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra: Music and Magic

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO)
    Marta Żurad, conductor
    Matt Roberts, magician

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    Sat Apr 5, 2025 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Anna Handler, conductor (Langer)

    Elena LANGER Five Reflections on Water
    Sofia GUBAIDULINA Sonata for bass and piano
    SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

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    Sun Apr 6, 2025 - 3:00pm

    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andris Nelsons conducting

    High School Open Rehearsal: Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich Symphonies 6 & 11

    Andris Nelsons, conductor

    ALL-SHOSTAKOVICH program
    Symphony No. 6
    Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

    The first in our series looking at the music and times of Dmitri Shostakovich and how the composer folded messages of revolution and resistance into his music during a politically turbulent time. Written more than 50 years after the Russian Revolution and during another point of political and historical upheaval, Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony is a revisitation of the events of Bloody Sunday, integrating Russian folk and revolutionary songs. The final movement is simultaneously a rallying cry and a warning to future tyrants.

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    Thu Apr 10, 2025 - 10:30am

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andris Nelsons conducting

    Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich Symphonies 6 & 11

    Andris Nelsons, conductor

    ALL-SHOSTAKOVICH program
    Symphony No. 6
    Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

    The first in our series looking at the music and times of Dmitri Shostakovich and how the composer folded messages of revolution and resistance into his music during a politically turbulent time. Written more than 50 years after the Russian Revolution and during another point of political and historical upheaval, Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony is a revisitation of the events of Bloody Sunday, integrating Russian folk and revolutionary songs. The final movement is simultaneously a rallying cry and a warning to future tyrants.

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    Thu Apr 10, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich with Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    ALL-SHOSTAKOVICH program
    Cello Concerto No. 1
    Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

    A part of our series looking at the music and times of Dmitri Shostakovich and how the composer folded messages of revolution and resistance into his music during a politically turbulent time. Yo-Yo Ma brings the specter of resistance to the stage. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto is a prime example of the composer using music to protest an authoritarian regime; the cello stands defiant against the orchestra, often playing out its own theme not reflected in the ensemble, until it disseminates into a wild cadenza and is whisked away into a sudden abrupt end.

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    Fri Apr 11, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich with Mitsuko Uchida, piano

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Mitsuko Uchida, piano

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 15

    Mitsuki Uchida has, from an early age, been considered a standout interpreter of Beethoven. This is considered Beethoven’s first piano concerto wherein he broke away from the more traditional format prescribed by Mozart (an orchestral introduction with a dramatic solo entrance) and created his own way forward, letting the instrument speak for itself — intimately and delicately so — and leading the way for the rest of the ensemble. Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony is his last symphony and is full of quotations, codes, clues, and ambiguity. This is an experience defying description which invites the listener to create their own personal interpretation.

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    Thu Apr 17, 2025 - 7:30pm

    Fri Apr 18, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Sat Apr 19, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Andris Nelsons conducting

    Andris Nelsons conducts Vrebalov, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
     James Burton, conductor

    Aleksandra VREBALOV New work for chorus and orchestra (world premiere; BSO commission)
    STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms
    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6

    This program pairs Shostakovich’s introspective, classically elegant Sixth Symphony with Stravinsky’s austerely profound Symphony of Psalms, commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the BSO’s 50th anniversary. In fact, Shostakovich so revered Stravinsky’s piece that he made a two-piano arrangement of the score. The BSO commissioned Aleksandra Vrebalov to compose a psalm setting using the same musical forces as Stravinsky’s masterpiece. Originally from the former Yugoslavia and winner of the prestigious 2023 Grawemeyer Award, Vrebalov composes music of deeply spiritual humanism influenced in part by Orthodox chant.

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    Sat Apr 26, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Sun Apr 27, 2025 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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    Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich with Baiba Skride, violin

    Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Baiba Skride, violin

    ALL-SHOSTAKOVICH program
    Violin Concerto No. 1
    Symphony No. 8

    A part of our series looking at the music and times of Dmitri Shostakovich and how the composer folded messages of revolution and resistance into his music during a politically turbulent time. Latvian violinist Baiba Skride brings her signature dulcet tones to Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. This work is a deeply personal one, influenced by the composer’s fear of the Soviet censors and actual encounters with restrictive directives from the government. These bitter feelings toward the regime especially color the third and fourth movements. In this way and many others, we see the composer finding ways to stand up to prevailing political winds; for example, the whole piece is shot through with Jewish klezmer influence at a time when antisemitism was on the rise in the USSR.

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    Sat May 3, 2025 - 8:00pm

    Fri May 2, 2025 - 1:30pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA