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2022-23 BSO Season

Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope

Join the BSO and a lineup of remarkable guest conductors and performers for a series exploring some of the most complex issues of our time. Through three orchestral programs and additional performances and events, the festival will inspire thought and conversation around music as cultural witness.

  • André Raphel portrait wearing a blue shirt and a dark jacket

    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 bluestinged panorama of the composer’s heritage.

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    Fri Mar 3, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Sat Mar 4, 2023 - 8:00pm

    Sun Mar 5, 2023 - 2:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Anthony McGill holding a clarinet and smiling while standing outside

    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.

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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

  • 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.

    Both works performed with English supertitles

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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