BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THIS SOLD OUT GALA CONCERT WILL FEATURETHE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WITH ACCLAIMED SOPRANO KRISTĪNE OPOLAIS AND THE GREAT TENOR JONAS KAUFMANN, IN A CELEBRATORY PROGRAM TO INCLUDE OPERATIC AND ORCHESTRAL MASTERWORKS INCLUDING EXCERPTS FROM PUCCINI’S MANON LESCAUT AND WAGNER’S TANNHUSER, LOHENGRIN, AND TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, WITH A BSO GRAND FINALE OF RESPIGHI’S DAZZLING SHOWPIECE PINES OF ROME
THE SEPTEMBER 27 WILL BE RECORDED FOR NATIONAL PBS TELECAST ON GREAT PERFORMANCES BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC FOR WNET
THE 2014-15 SEASON IS SPONSORED BY BANK OF AMERICA AND EMC CORPORATION
On Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m., the Boston Symphony Orchestra will shine a welcoming spotlight on Andris Nelsons as he makes hishighly anticipated debut as BSO Music Director leading a gala program filled with works and guest artists that have inspired his musical life. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director on September 27, 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.
The concert will be recorded for national PBS telecast on Great Performances by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Further details about the telecast will be announced at a later date.
ANDRIS NELSONS’ FIRST PROGRAM AS BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR ON SEPTEMBER 27
The opera portion of the evening will feature the great tenor Jonas Kaufmann along with Ms. Opolais—two artists with whom Mr. Nelsons frequently collaborates—in a performance of the famous duet “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Each singer will also take center stage for solo arias, with Ms. Opolais singing the moving Italian aria “Ebben? Ne andr lontana” from Catalani’s La Wally. When Mr. Kaufmann returns to the stage he will sing two beloved selections for tenor: the title character’s magical third-act narrative, “In fernem Land,” from Wagner’s Lohengrin, and the moving aria, “Mamma, quel vino generoso,” from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana.
GALA DINNER PARTY IN HONOR OF ANDRIS NELSONS ON SEPTEMBER 23
The gala dinner, preparedby Chef Daniel Boulud of Bar Boulud, Boston, which opens September 16 in the Mandarin Oriental, will feature a local lobster salad with kaffir lime, watermelon, scallion, red curry, and coconut as an appetizer; a main course of Coq au Vin with button mushrooms,pearl onion, smoked carrot, and Cavetteli red wine jus; and the Bar Boulud sundae, featuring goat milk sorbet, fig, raspberry, and pistachio financier for dessert. Canaps include Mini Croque Monsieur, Gougres, Truff Arancini, DB Smoked Salmon Mille Feuille, Classic Beef Tartar, and Vadouvan Ahi Tuna.
ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS TEN PROGRAMS IN 2014-15 SEASON
In what promises to be a special occasion for BSO audiences, Mr. Nelsons’ first week of subscription concerts, October 1-3, 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, NOVEMBER 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 Brett Dean’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 the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will present the world premiere of a new work for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, a co-commission from 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 on 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 previous collaborators 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; NELSONS TO LEAD BSO AT CARNEGIE HALL APRIL 15-17, 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 TO LEAD BSO IN AN 8-CITY 2015 SUMMER TOUR TO MAJOR EUROPEAN MUSIC CAPITALS INCLUDING BERLIN, COLOGNE, LONDON, LUCERNE, PARIS, AND SALZBURG
ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE BSO AT TANGLEWOOD IN 2015
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.
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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, including an expansion of the program to locations beyond Symphony Hall, 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.
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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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September 27 program listing
Saturday, September 27
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