ANDRIS NELSONS, THE 15th BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR SINCE THE ORCHESTRA’S FOUNDING IN 1881, TO LEAD THE ORCHESTRA IN TEN PROGRAMS AT SYMPHONY HALL; THREE PROGRAMS AT CARNEGIE HALL; THREE WEEKS AT TANGLEWOOD, AND AN 8-CITY SUMMER TOUR OF EUROPEAN MUSIC CAPITALS
IN HIS DEBUT SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR, ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD THE BSO IN MUSIC THAT INSPIRED AND INFLUENCED HIS LIFE AS A MUSICIAN, AMERICAN AND WORLD PREMIERES FEATURING COMPOSERS BOTH NEW AND FAMILIAR TO THE BSO, AND PERFORMANCES SHOWCASING THE TALENTS OF SEVERAL OF HIS FAVORITE FREQUENT COLLABORATORS
ACCLAIMED SOPRANO KRISTĪNE OPOLAIS AND THE GREAT TENOR JONAS KAUFMANN
ANDRIS NELSONS’ FIRST SEASON TO SHOWCASE MUSIC OF THE GREAT SLAVIC AND SCANDINAVIAN TRADITIONS INCLUDING SYMPHONIES BY SHOSTAKOVICH, SIBELIUS, AND TCHAIKOVSKY, AS WELL AS BARTK’S MIRACULOUS MANDARIN SUITE, PROKOFIEV’S SYMPHONY-CONCERTO FEATURING CELLIST YO-YO MA, RACHMANINOFF’S THE BELLS, AND STRAVINSKY’S THE RITE OF SPRING
ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD SOME OF HIS FAVORITES OF THE CORE GERMAN REPERTOIRE, INCLUDING WORKS BY BEETHOVEN, HAYDN, AND MOZART, AS WELL AS BRAHMS’S HAYDN VARIATIONS, BRUCKNER’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY, MAHLER’S SIXTH SYMPHONY, AND
NEW BSO CONDUCTOR TO LEAD TWO WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES OF WORKS BY LATVIAN COMPOSER ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS AND AMERICAN COMPOSER MICHAEL GANDOLFI; THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF BRETT DEAN’S TRUMPET CONCERTO, FEATURING HKAN HARDENBERGER; AND PERFORMANCES OFSOFIA GUBAIDULINA’S MASTERFUL OFFERTORIUM WITH VIOLINIST BAIBA SKRIDE, JOHN HARBISON’S KOUSSEVITZKY SAID, AND GUNTHER SCHULLER’S DREAMSCAPE
ANDRIS NELSONS’ PROGRAMS TO SPOTLIGHT SOME OF THE CONDUCTOR’S LONGTIME ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES INCLUDING CELLIST GAUTIER CAPUON, TRUMPETER HKAN HARDENBERGER, VIOLINISTS BAIBA SKRIDE AND CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF, PIANIST LARS VOGT, SINGERS PAVEL ČERNOCH,JONAS KAUFMANN, KRISTĪNE OPOLAIS, AND KOSTAS SMORIGINAS; AND THE TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS; NEW COLLABORATORS INCLUDE CELLIST YO-YO MA, BSO PRINCIPAL VIOLIST STEVEN ANSELL, PIANIST RICHARD GOODE, ORGANIST OLIVIER LATRY, AND SOPRANO VICTORIA YASTREBOVA
ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD THE ORCHESTRA IN CARNEGIE HALL IN WORKS OF BEETHOVEN, MAHLER, MOZART, SHOSTAKOVICH, AND STRAUSS, AS WELL AS THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF GUNTHER SCHULLER’S DREAMSCAPE, APRIL 15, 16, AND 17, 2015
ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD BSO IN AN 8-CITY SUMMER TOUR TO MAJOR EUROPEAN MUSIC CAPITALS INCLUDING BERLIN, COLOGNE, LONDON, LUCERNE, PARIS, SALZBURG
ANDRIS NELSONS TO BE IN RESIDENCY FOR THREE WEEKS DURING 2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON,
SYMPHONY GALA ON SEPTEMBER 23 TO FETE NEW BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR IN GRAND STYLE
ANDRIS NELSONS TO TAKE PART IN APRIL 12 SYMPHONY HALL OPEN HOUSE WELCOMING
TO VIEW THE PORTION OF THE BSO’S 2014-15 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT THAT OUTLINES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS FEATURING AN ILLUSTRIOUS SCHEDULE OF GUEST CONDUCTORS
SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR THE BSO’S 2014-2015 SEASON WILL BE AVAILABLE MARCH 10 BY CALLING
THE 2014-15 SEASON IS SPONSORED BY BANK OF AMERICA AND EMC CORPORATION
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season shines a welcoming spotlight on Andris Nelsons as he makes hishighly anticipated debut as BSO Music Director, leading performances that feature an eclectic offering of music and an impressive lineup of guest artists, and presenting programs that illuminate touchstone moments in his life as a musician, from his youngest days as a child in Riga, to his present-day stature as one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director in September 2014, at age 35, he will be the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post.
Mr. Nelsons’ first season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra begins in grand style on Saturday, September 27, when he opens a celebratory program with Wagner’s Overture to Tannhuser—the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music. Two singers strongly associated with Mr. Nelsons’ artistic life, the acclaimed soprano Kristīne Opolais, Mr. Nelsons’ wife, and the great tenor Jonas Kaufmann, join the BSO and its new conductor for an evening of operatic and symphonic showpieces featuring works by Puccini, Respighi, and Wagner, among others. Together, Ms. Opolais and Mr. Kaufmann will join the orchestra and Mr. Nelsons for the dramatic duet, “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Ms. Opolais will also be featured along with the BSO in Wagner’s magnificent Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, and Mr. Kaufmann will return to the BSO stage for a performance of the title character’s famous third-act narrative, “In fernem Land,” from Wagner’s Lohengrin. Each of the evening’s vocalists will also sing solo arias from the Italian opera repertoire. To bring this special evening to an end, the BSO and Mr. Nelsons will be front and center in a performance of Respighi’s glorious orchestral showpiece Pines of Rome.
The following week, October 1-3, Mr. Nelsons returns to the BSO to lead a powerhouse program of three major orchestral works—Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Bartk’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathtique, for his first full week of subscription programs. Mr. Nelsons’ three subsequent appearances with the BSO—in November 2014, January 2015, and March/April 2015—will each take on its own musical focus and offer insights into the many influences behind Mr. Nelsons’ musical life past and present, including the role of new music with programs featuring works by Brett Dean, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Michael Gandolfi, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, and Gunther Schuller.
Works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, and performances by Hkan Hardenberger andBaiba Skride, will be featured in three BSO programs focusing on music from the Slavic and Scandinavian traditions, and on musicians with whom Mr. Nelsons has frequently collaborated, November 6-22. In two programs devoted to some of his favorite works from the great German-Austrian tradition, January 8-17, Mr. Nelsons will lead the BSO in music of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, and Mozart, among others. Monumental works by Mahler, Shostakovich, and Strauss will each be featured prominently in Mr. Nelsons’ final three BSO programs of the season, March 26-April 14, also to be repeated at Carnegie Hall, April 15-17.
Bringing Andris Nelsons’ passion for music’s storytelling powers to the fore, a thematic thread throughout many of the conductor’s programs will be favorite orchestral works inspired by great narratives, including texts by Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Edgar Allen Poe, along with new music and 20th-century masterpieces inspired by a wide variety of sources.
In addition to Ms. Opolais and Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Nelsons will bring some of his longtime collaborators to the Symphony Hall stage, including cellist Gautier Capuon, trumpeter Hkan Hardenberger, violinists Baiba Skride and Christian Tetzlaff, pianist Lars Vogt, singers Pavel Černoch and Kostas Smorigninas, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Mr. Nelsons looks forward to new collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, BSO principal violist Steven Ansell, pianist Richard Goode, organist Olivier Latry, and soprano Victoria Yastrebova.
“In planning my first season as the Boston Symphony’s music director, I wanted really to concentrate on deepening my relationship with the orchestra and its wonderfully enthusiastic audience and community,” said Andris Nelsons.“Music is food for our souls, and my ambition is to work very closely with the BSO to bring the deepest passion and love that we all share for music to ever greater numbers of music lovers at Symphony Hall and throughout the world. It was clear to me that the only way for me to do this was to listen to my heart and share the great music and wonderful artists that have inspired meas a musician, from mychildhood in Latvia to my current good fortune in leading many of the world’s great orchestras. I truly hope the programs I’ve chosen for our first season already express mypassion for the great masterpieces, the extraordinary creativity behind the music of our time, theamazingvirtuosity of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the remarkable musicianship of the guest artists with whom I have the privilege of working and the pleasure of bringing to Symphony Hall. Most important, I want to say how thrilled and honored I am to introduce our first season together, every moment of which I look forward to sharing with the BSO’s special audience. We are all embarking upon a great musical journey, and I look forward to many years of enjoying music together!”
2014-15 BSO SEASON OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS WITH RAY AND MARIA STATA
TWO CELEBRATORY PROGRAMS LAUNCH ANDRIS NELSONS’ FIRST SEASON AS BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR
This program’s celebratory spirit continues into the following week when Mr. Nelsons leads his first week of subscription concerts, October 1-3. In what promises to be a special occasion for BSO audiences, Mr. Nelsons showcases the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring three major symphonic masterworks: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Bartk’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathtique.
THREE PROGRAMS, OCTOBER 6-22, FOCUS ON ANDRIS NELSONS’ ROOTS AS A MUSICIAN AND SPOTLIGHT HIS FREQUENT COLLABORATORS
On November 6, 7, 8, and 11, Mr. Nelsons brings Latvian violinist Baiba Skride to the BSO for a performance of preeminent Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s masterful Offertorium, on a program closing with Sibelius’s majestic Second Symphony. The following week, November 13, 14, 15, and 18, Mr. Nelsons welcomes his frequent collaborator, Swedish trumpeter Hkan Hardenberger, for the American premiere of Australian composer Dean Brett’s Trumpet Concerto, Dramatis personae, a title that refers to the varied characters the composer associates with the instrument. This program opens with Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet and closes with Stravinsky’s monumental The Rite of Spring.
The third program in this series, November 20, 21, and 22, opens with John Harbison’s Koussevitzky Said: for chorus and orchestra, a musical tribute to one of the BSO’s legendary music directors, the Russian-born Serge Koussevitzky, and originally composed for Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary season in 2012. Following the Harbison work, Maestro Nelsons, the BSO, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus will present the world premiere of a new work for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, a co-commission between the BSO and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where Maestro Nelsons will have served as music director from 2008 to 2015. Yo-Yo Ma joins Maestro Nelsons and the BSO for the opening work of the second half of the program, Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra, which will be followed by Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, a choral symphony the composer considered one of his own favorite works. Soloists for the Rachmaninoff include Czechoslovakian tenor Pavel Černoch and Lithuanian baritone Kostas Smoriginas, both being previouscollaborators of Mr. Nelsons, as well as Russian soprano Victoria Yastrebova, with whom Mr. Nelsons will work for the first time; all three will be making their BSO debuts.
ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD THE BSO IN SOME OF HIS FAVORITE WORKS FROM THE CORE GERMAN-AUSTRIAN REPERTOIRE, JANUARY 8-17, 2015
Brahms’s Haydn Variations opens the first of these programs, January 8, 9, and 10, followed by Haydn’s Symphony No. 90 and Strauss’s Don Quixote, with cellist Gautier Capuon and BSO principal viola Steven Ansell. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, with soloist Lars Vogt, is paired with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 for Mr. Nelsons’ program of January 15, 16, and 17.
ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS THE BSO IN THREE ORCHESTRAL MASTERWORKS AND A NEW WORK BY MICHAEL GANDOLFI, MARCH 26-APRIL 14, 2015
Acclaimed French organist Olivier Latry joins Maestro Nelsons and the BSO for the world premiere of a new work for organ and orchestra by Mr. Gandolfi, composed in memory of former BSO organist Berj Zamkochian, to open the orchestra’s program of March 26, 27, 28, and 31, which will conclude with Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 6. On April 2, 3, and 4, Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, on a program with Shostakovich’s dramatic Symphony No. 10. Gunther Schuller’s Dreamscape opens Maestro Nelsons’ final program of the season, April 9, 10, 11, and 14, which will also feature Richard Goode in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Maestro Nelsons and the BSO will bring these three programs to Carnegie Hall—except for the Gandolfi work, due to the lack of a concert organ at Carnegie Hall—for performances on April 15, 16, and 17.
ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE BSO AT TANGLEWOOD IN 2015
ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD BSO IN AN 8-CITY 2015 SUMMER TOUR TO MAJOR EUROPEAN MUSIC CAPITALS INCLUDING BERLIN, COLOGNE, LONDON, LUCERNE, PARIS, AND SALZBURG
A SYMPHONY GALA, SYMPHONY HALL OPEN HOUSE, AND MEDIA PROJECTS DURING ANDRIS NELSONS’ FIRST SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR
Symphony Hall will open its doors for a free day of musical activities on Sunday, April 12, 2015, giving members of the Boston community a chance to see Mr. Nelsons lead the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in performance. The day will be filled with family-fun activities and a wide variety of performances.
In addition, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is currently in discussions with several media partners about a wide range of broadcast and recording projects focusing on Mr. Nelsons’ work with the orchestra during the 2014-15 season.
Further information about the Symphony Gala, Symphony Hall Open House, and media projects for the 2014-15 BSO season will be announced at a later date.
BS0 2014-15 SEASON TICKET INFORMATION IN BRIEF
The BSO’s <40=$20 program allows patrons under the age of 40 to purchase tickets for $20. The BSO College Card and High School Card are the best way for students and aspiring young musicians to experience the BSO on a regular basis. A limited number of Rush Tickets for Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons are set aside to be sold on the day of a performance. The Boston Symphony Orchestra offers groups advanced ticket reservations and flexible payment options for BSO concerts at Symphony Hall. Further ticket information is available at the end of this release.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s extensive website, BSO.org, is the largest and most-visited orchestral website in the country, receiving approximately 7 million visitors annually and generating over $92 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. The site’s Media Center consolidates its numerous new media initiatives in one location, including audio concert preview podcasts; Emmy Award-winning interviews with guest artists and BSO musicians; “It’s Your BSO” member interviews; concert program notes; WGBH radio broadcast streams of select BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood performances; and all self-produced albums by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows. BSO.org is now accessible in a smart phone-/mobile device-friendly format, where patrons can access performance schedules, purchase tickets and pre-performance food and beverages, access the BSO’s new media content, and make donations to the BSO – all in the palm of their hand. BSO.org also launched eTicketing and Print-at-Home tickets, making it easier for patrons attending a concert to access their tickets at home or on their smartphones. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is on Facebook at Facebook.com/BostonSymphony on Twitter at Twitter.com/BostonSymphony, and on Google+ at Google.com/+bostonsymphony. Video content from the BSO is also available at YouTube.com/BostonSymphony.
To view an online press kit with complete programs, concert listing, ticket information, photos, and artist bios, click here: www.bso.org/presskit.
IN ADDITION TO PROGRAMS LED BY ANDRIS NELSONS DURING HIS INAUGURAL SEASON AS BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS), THE 2014-15 BSO SEASON ALSO BOASTS AN ILLUSTRIOUS SCHEDULE OF GUEST ARTISTS, MASTERPIECES OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY ASSOCIATED WITH THE BALLETS RUSSES, THE DEBUT OF SEVERAL PROMINENT VOCALISTS NEW TO BSO AUDIENCES, AN IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF WORKS BY MOZART, AND TWO-WEEK RESIDENCIES BY
BSO SEASON OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 18 WITH BSO ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR MARCELO LEHNINGER LEADING BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH SYMPHONY, MOZART’S SINFONIA CONCERTANTE FEATURING BSO WIND PRINCIPALS, AND HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS’S BACHIANAS BRASILEIRAS
MAJOR WORKS OF THE SEASON INCLUDE THE FIRST-EVER BSO PERFORMANCES OF
ACCLAIMED YOUNG RUSSIAN CONDUCTOR TUGAN SOKHIEV MAKES HIS BSO DEBUT WITH MUSIC OF BERLIOZ, SAINT-SANS, AND RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, AND THE CHARISMATIC VLADIMIR JUROWSKI RETURNS TO THE BSO TO LEAD THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF HARRISON BIRTWISTLE’S PIANO CONCERTO WITH THE BRILLIANT FRENCH PIANIST PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD AS SOLOIST
PIANIST CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS AND VIOLINIST LEONIDAS KAVAKOS RETURN TO BSO PODIUM IN DUAL CONDUCTOR-SOLOIST ROLES; ISRAELI CONDUCTOR ASHER FISCH, IN HIS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES DEBUT, INTRODUCES MUSIC BY THE ISRAELI COMPOSER AVNER DORMAN; AND STPHANE DENVE RETURNS FOR A COLORFUL PROGRAM OF MUSIC BY STRAVINSKY, MILHAUD, AND POULENC
INSTRUMENTALISTS JOINING THE BSO’S 2014-15 SEASON INCLUDE PIANISTS
VOCALISTS JOINING THE BSO INCLUDE SOPRANO ROSEMARY JOSHUA AND BASS-BARITONE BRYN TERFEL (BRAHMS’S GERMAN REQUIEM) AND BARITONE MARIUSZ KWIECIEN (KING ROGER), SOPRANO OLGA PASICHNYK, MEZZO-SOPRANO YVONNE NAEF, TENORS EDGARAS MONTVIDAS AND ALEXANDER RICHARDSON, AND BASS RAYMOND ACETO (SZYMANOWSKI’S KING ROGER); THE TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS IS ALSO FEATURED IN THE BRAHMS AND SZYMANOWSKI WORKS
TO VIEW THE PORTION OF THE BSO’S 2014-15 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT THAT OUTLINES
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THE 2014-15 SEASON IS SPONSORED BY BANK OF AMERICA AND EMC CORPORATION
In addition to the programs detailed separately that Andris Nelsons will lead for his inaugural season as BSO Music Director (see link for details), the BSO’s 2014-15 season, September 18-May 2, also boasts an impressive roster of legendary figures of the classical music world with an equal measure of guest artist debuts and return appearances by guests who have proved themselves BSO favorites—all taking part in a season honoring both the great traditions of the classical music world and the extraordinary power of new and less familiar works heard for the first time.
The 134th season of the Boston Symphony Orchestra takes place September 18, 2014–May 2, 2015. Subscriptions for the BSO’s 2014-15 season will be available March 10 by calling 888-266-7575 or visiting www.bso.org. Single tickets go on sale August 4, at 10 a.m.
During the mid-winter month of February, the BSO will introduce a series of programs that put a spotlight on some of the magnificent dance-inspired music of the early 20th century, with a special emphasis on composers closely associated with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, including Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky—all composers who were also championed early on by Serge Koussevitzky, the BSO’s legendary music director from 1925 to 1949. The 2014-15 subscription season also offers BSO patrons an impressive wealth of Mozart, including—besides the composer’s Haffner, Linz, and last three symphonies—five of the composer’s astonishingly inventive piano concertos, which placed him center-stage as both composer and pianist: No. 17 in G, K.453, with Christian Zacharias in October; No. 24 in C minor, K.491, with Lars Vogt in January; No. 14 in E-flat, K.449, with Emanuel Ax in March; No. 27 in B-flat, K.595, Mozart’s last piano concerto, with Richard Goode in April; and No. 23 in A, K.488, with Maria Joo Pires, also in April.
2014-15 BSO SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
In addition, the highly acclaimed young Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev makes his BSO debut leading music by Berlioz and Rimsky-Korsakov on a program with Saint-Sans’ Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring the first BSO appearances by German cellist Johannes Moser. Israeli conductor Asher Fisch in his subscription series debut introduces BSO audiences to music by Israeli composer Avner Dorman, a former Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy.
2014-15 BSO SEASON OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS WITH GUEST CONDUCTORS
BSO SEASON OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 18
RAFAEL FRHBECK DE BURGOS CONDUCTS BRAHMS’S GERMAN REQUIEM AND NIELSEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 4, “THE INEXTINGUISHABLE”
Following Maestro Frhbeck’s two programs, returning Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena teams with German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann for the Sibelius Violin Concerto, paired with a favorite Schubert work, his Great C major symphony (October 30 and 31, November 1 and 2).
CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS AND LEONIDAS KAVAKOS RETURN TO BSO IN DUAL ROLES AS CONDUCTOR/SOLOISTS
RUSSIAN CONDUCTOR TUGAN SOKHIEV IN HIS BSO DEBUT AND ISRAELI CONDUCTOR ASHER FISCH IN HIS SUBSCRIPTION SEASON DEBUT
The following week (January 29, 30, and 31), Israeli conductor Asher Fisch, in his subscription series debut, introduces Symphony Hall audiences to music by the Israeli composer and Tanglewood Music Center alumnus Avner Dorman, teams with Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and challenges winter with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring.
EARLY-20TH-CENTURY MASTERPIECES ASSOCIATED WITH THE BALLETS RUSSES AND THE BSO’S OWN SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY
To open this special series of concerts, February 12, 13, and 14, Vladimir Jurowski will lead the BSO in Stravinsky’s complete Firebird, the first work Stravinsky composed for the legendary Russian choreographer Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, a collaboration that played a significant role in introducing Stravinsky as a major composer of international significance. The program opens with Baba-Yaga, Kikimora, From the Apocalypse, and Nenie by Anatol Liadov, a student of the great Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov. This program will also feature Pierre-Laurent Aimard performing the American premiere of English composer Harrison Birtwistle’s Responses: Of sweet disorder and the carefully careless, for piano and orchestra, a BSO commission reflecting the orchestra’s continuing commitment to new music.
The following week, February 19, 20, and 21, Stphane Denve leads the orchestra in three works closely associated with the Ballets Russes: Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, a ballet commissioned by Diaghilev and premiered at the Paris Opera in 1920; Milhaud’s The Creation of the World, composed in 1923 for the ballet company Ballets Suedois, the Swedish contemporaries of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes; and Poulenc’s Les Biches, a ballet choreographed by the great Russian dancer/choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, premiered by the Ballets Russes in 1924, and the work that helped establish Poulenc as a dynamic leader of a new generation of French composers. The program will also include the BSO debut of James Ehnes performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
Charles Dutoit continues this programmatic theme, February 26, 27, 28, and March 3, with performances of Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, a chamber concerto composed in Stravinsky’s neo-classical period, and Debussy’s Images, putting a spotlight on the French composer most closely associated with the Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Filling out this program, the elegant German violinist Julia Fischer joins Mr. Dutoit and the BSO as soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto.
Maestro Dutoit will also lead the first BSO performances of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s moving opera King Roger (March 5 and 6), loosely based on Euripides’ Bacchae, premiered in 1926 in Warsaw, to be sung in Polish with English supertitles, and featuring an internationally acclaimed cast headed by star Polish baritone Marius Kwiecien making his BSO subscription series debut in the title role. King Roger has long been championed by Maestro Dutoit, who led the Paris, New York, and Canadian premieres of this rarely heard work, which focuses on the conflict between Christianity and paganism in 12th-century Sicily. These two programs with Maestro Dutoit continue his multi-year survey with the BSO of some of the musical landmarks of the early 20th century.
CHRISTOPH VON DOHNNYI BRINGS HIS MASTERY TO MOZART’S SYMPHONIES 39, 40, AND 41; BERNARD HAITINK CLOSES BSO SEASON WITH WORKS OF RAVEL, MOZART, AND BRAHMS
BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink closes the BSO’s 2014-15 season with French and German repertoire for which he has special affinity. For the first of his two season-ending programs he juxtaposes music of Ravel—the complete Mother Goose ballet score, and the Piano Concerto in G with renowned Ravel exponent Jean-Yves Thibaudet—with Mozart’s flavorful Linz Symphony, and British composer Thomas Ads’s modern take on music by the great French Baroque composer Couperin (April 23, 24, 25, and 28). For his second program, Maestro Haitink is joined by the masterful Portuguese pianist Maria Joo Pires—not heard with the BSO since 1999—for Mozart’s A major concerto, K.488, with Schumann’s dramatic Manfred Overture as curtain-raiser, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 to end the season in triumph.
WEEK-BY-WEEK PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BSO’S 2014-15 SEASON
2014-15 SEASON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 18-20 WITH CONDUCTOR MARCELO LEHNINGER, SOPRANO NICOLE CABELL, AND BSO PRINCIPAL SOLOISTS IN MUSIC BY MOZART, VILLA-LOBOS, AND BEETHOVEN
ANDRIS NELSONS MAKES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT AS BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR IN GALA CONCERT SEPTEMBER 27
ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS BSO IN MUSIC BY BEETHOVEN, BARTK, AND TCHAIKOVSKY
CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS LEADS ORCHESTRA AS CONDUCTOR AND PIANO SOLOIST OCTOBER 9-11
RAFAEL FRHBECK DE BURGOS AND PIANIST RUDOLF BUCHBINDER JOIN BSO OCTOBER 16-21
BSO IS JOINED BY ROSEMARY JOSHUA, BRYN TERFEL, AND THE TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS FOR TWO GREAT MASTERPIECES OF ORCHESTRAL-VOCAL MUSIC OCTOBER 23-25
CONDUCTOR JUANJO MENA AND VIOLINIST FRANK PETER ZIMMERMANN RETURN TO SYMPHONY HALL FOR MUSIC BY SIBELIUS AND SCHUBERT OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 4
ANDRIS NELSONS RETURNS TO LEAD WORKS BY SIBELIUS AND SOFIA GUBAIDULINA
NELSONS LEADS THE RITE OF SPRING AND AMERICAN PREMIERE OF MUSIC BY BRETT DEAN NOVEMBER 13-18
YO-YO MA AND VOCAL SOLOISTS JOIN NELSONS, BSO, AND TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS FOR PROGRAM INCLUDING RACHMANINOFF’S THE BELLS NOVEMBER 20-22
LEONIDAS KAVAKOS LEADS BSO AS CONDUCTOR AND VIOLIN SOLOIST NOVEMBER 25-29
ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS PROGRAM OF BRAHMS, HAYDN, AND STRAUSS JANUARY 8-10
NELSONS AND BSO WELCOME PIANIST LARS VOGT FOR PROGRAM OF MOZART AND BRUCKNER JANUARY 15-17
JOHANNES MOSER JOINS BSO AS SOLOIST IN SAINT-SANS’S CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1
CONDUCTOR ASHER FISCH RETURNS FOR MUSIC BY SCHUMANN, PROKOFIEV, AND
MAESTRO VLADIMIR JUROWSKI AND PIANIST PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD JOIN BSO FEBRUARY 12-14
STPHANE DENVE RETURNS WITH VIOLINIST JAMES EHNES FEBRUARY 19-21
CHARLES DUTOIT AND JULIA FISCHER COME TO SYMPHONY HALL FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 3
CHARLES DUTOIT RETURNS TO LEAD SZYMANOWSKI’S COMPLETE OPERA KING ROGER MARCH 5-7
BSO IS JOINED BY CONDUCTOR CHRISTOPH VON DOHNNYI AND PIANIST EMANUEL AX
CHRISTOPH VON DOHNNYI RETURNS TO LEAD MOZART’S FINAL THREE SYMPHONIES
ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS MAHLER’S SIXTH SYMPHONY AND WORLD PREMIERE OF MUSIC BY MICHAEL GANDOLFI MARCH 26-31
MAESTRO NELSONS WELCOMES VIOLINIST CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF APRIL 2-4
RICHARD GOODE JOINS BSO FOR MOZART AND NELSONS LEADS STRAUSS AND SCHULLER
BERNARD HAITINK AND JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET JOIN BSO FOR RAVEL, ADS, AND MOZART
BERNARD HAITINK, MARIA JOO PIRES, AND BSO BRING 2014-15 SEASON TO AN END
TICKET, SPONSORSHIP, AND OTHER PATRON INFORMATION
A limited number of Rush Tickets for Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and Friday afternoons are set aside to be sold on the day of a performance. These tickets are sold at $9 each, one to a customer, at the Symphony Hall Box Office. For Friday afternoon concerts Rush Tickets are available beginning at 10 a.m. For Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evening concerts Rush Tickets are available beginning at 5 p.m.
The BSO’s <40=$20 program allows patrons under the age of 40 to purchase tickets for $20. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on both the orchestra and balcony levels. There is a limit of one pair per performance, but patrons may attend as many performances as desired.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra offers groups advanced ticket reservations and flexible payment options for BSO concerts at Symphony Hall. Groups of 20 or more may take advantage of ticket discounts, backstage tours, clinics, and master classes. Pre- and post-concert dining options and private function space are available. More information is available through the group sales office at [email protected]
The BSO College Card and High School Card are the best way for students and aspiring young musicians to experience the BSO on a regular basis. For only $25 (College Card) or $10 (High School Card) students can attend most BSO concerts at no additional cost by registering the card online to receive text and email notifications of real-time ticket availability.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, and Discover (in person or by mail) and cash (in person only) are all accepted at the Symphony Hall Box Office. Gift certificates are available in any amount and may be used toward the purchase of tickets (subject to availability) to any Boston Symphony Orchestra or Boston Pops performance at Symphony Hall or Tanglewood. Gift certificates may also be used at the Symphony Shop to purchase merchandise.
Patrons with disabilities can access Symphony Hall through the Massachusetts Avenue lobby or the Cohen Wing on Huntington Avenue. An access service center, accessible restrooms, and elevators are available inside the Cohen Wing entrance. For ticket information, call the Access Services Administrator at 617-638-9431 or TDD/TTY 617-638-9289.
EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES AT SYMPHONY HALL
UnderScore Fridays is a uniquely formatted concert series. At all Friday-evening performances, members of the BSO introduce the concerts from the stage. Selected concerts also include comments from the stage by guest artists appearing in the program. Tickets for UnderScore Fridays range from $32 to $130.
“BSO 101: Are You Listening?” returns in 2014-15. In this popular Wednesday-evening series, BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel is joined by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for presentations designed to enhance one’s listening abilities and general appreciation of music by focusing on works from the BSO’s repertoire. No prior musical training, or attendance at any previous session, is required, since each session is self-contained. “BSO: 101: An Insider’s View” also returns in 2014-15, offering three Tuesday-evening sessions focusing on behind-the-scenes activities at Symphony Hall with BSO musicians and administrative staff, including player perspectives on performing with the orchestra. All “BSO 101” sessions take place from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Symphony Hall, and each is followed by a reception. Though the “BSO 101” sessions are free, please note that there is a nominal charge for the reception. Full details of the 2014-15 “BSO 101” schedule will be announced at a later date.
The popular Friday Preview Talks continue to take place from 12:15-12:45 p.m. before each Friday-afternoon subscription concert; the Symphony Hall doors open at 11:30am. Given by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel, Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, and occasional guest speakers, these informative half-hour talks incorporate recorded examples from the music to be performed. The BSO also offers talks before each of the season’s four Thursday-morning Open Rehearsals at Symphony Hall. These take place from 9:30-10 a.m. The Symphony Hall doors open at 9 a.m., and the Open Rehearsal itself begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the Friday Preview Talks and Open Rehearsal Talks is free of charge free to ticket holders for the Friday-afternoon subscription concerts and Thursday-morning Open Rehearsals.
The site’s Media Center, consolidates its numerous new media initiatives in one location. In addition to comprehensive access to all BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood, and Symphony Hall performance schedules, patrons have access to a number of free and paid media options. Free offerings include WGBH radio broadcast streams of select BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood performances; free live music steams for select seasonal offerings including the recent Holiday Pops music stream (December 2013); audio concert preview podcasts; Emmy Award-winning audio and video interviews with guest artists and BSO musicians; music excerpts, of up to three minutes, highlighting upcoming programs as well as all self-produced albums by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, and complete program notes for all performances, which can be downloaded and printed or saved offline to an e-reading device such as a Kindle or Nook.
Paid content includes digital music downloads produced and published under the BSO’s music label BSO Classics and includes performances by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows. The BSO Media Center is available by visiting BSO.org/mediacenter.
BSO.org is mobile device compatible. Patrons can visit BSO.org on their mobile device to access performance schedules, purchase tickets as well as pre-performance food and beverages, download program notes, listen to radio broadcasts, music clips, and concert previews, watch video exclusives, and make donations to the BSO—all in the palm of their hand.
FOOD SERVICES AT SYMPHONY HALL
Additionally, casual pre-concert and intermission dining, including sandwiches, light appetizers, and desserts, is available at the bars in Symphony Hall’s Cabot-Cahners Room and O’Block-Kay Room. Light appetizers and sandwiches can also be ordered and picked up at the snack bar outside the O’Block-Kay Room. A tapas style menu is available in the Symphony Caf Lounge area alongside Huntington Avenue. Reservations for the Lounge can be made by calling 617-638-9328. Patrons can order in advance a pre-concert package that features an appetizer and half-bottle of wine and they can also take advantage of the hall-wide beverage service by purchasing beverage coupons in advance through the BSO’s website at www.bso.org/dining.
SYMPHONY HALL SHOP AND TOURS
The Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers offers weekly public and private tours of Symphony Hall during the BSO and Pops seasons. For more information on taking an Irving W. and Charlotte F. Rabb Symphony Hall tour, please visit us at www.bso.org. You may also email [email protected], or call 617-638-9390 to confirm specific dates and times. Schedules are subject to change.
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“The BSO attracts visitors from around the world with engaging programming and a history steeped in powerful performances,” said Bob Gallery, Bank of America Massachusetts president. “It’s long been a source of pride for the Massachusetts arts community, and a driver of local economies from Boston to the Berkshires.”
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“As a Great Benefactor, EMC is proud to help preserve the wonderful musical heritage of the BSO, so that it may continue to enrich the lives of listeners and create a new generation of music lovers, not only in Boston, but around the world.” said Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO, EMC Corporation.
The BSO is proud to announce that longtime sponsor Arbella Insurance Foundation will continue its support this season with its sponsorship of the BSO College Card and BSO Youth and Family Concerts.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, together with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, begins its 13th season as the Official Hotel of the BSO, and Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation begins its 12th season as the Official Chauffeured Transportation Provider of the BSO.
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