The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Announces its 2016-2017 Season; Including a world premiere by Michael Gandolfi, two Mahler Symphonies, Beethoven’s rarely performed Triple Concerto, and Boston Debut performances

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The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Announces its 2016-2017 Season 
Including a world premiere by Michael Gandolfi, two Mahler Symphonies, Beethoven’s rarely performed
Triple Concerto, and Boston Debut performances 
(Boston) The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) under the direction of Benjamin Zander announced their 2016-2017 seasons today, marking one of the most exciting and varied season programs in its history. The upcoming season includes several Boston Philharmonic artist debuts, a world premiere by Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi, rarely heard works by the masters, and concerts with soloists from within the BPYO’s own ranks. The concerts include the popular Discovery Series lectures and pre-concert talks, both by Maestro Zander.
Auerbach/ Rachmaninov/ Tchaikovsky
The season-opening concert includes an all-Russian program ranging from the masterworks to the contemporary.
LERA AUERBACH Requiem for Icarus (Boston premiere)
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Ya-Fei Chuang
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathetique
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:30pm | Sanders Theatre | Discovery Series*
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3pm | Sanders Theatre
Debussy/ Dutilleux/ Walton/ Elgar
The contrasts between the French and English musical languages are examined in a program of masterpieces and gems.
DEBUSSY L’Après midi d’une faune
DUTILLEUX Tout un monde lointain…with Zuill Bailey, cello
WALTON Scapino Overture
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:30pm | Sanders Theatre | Discovery Series*
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3pm | Sanders Theatre
Beethoven/ Bruckner 
Beethoven’s beloved Triple Concerto showcases The Boston Trio with its brilliant new cellist, BPO’s own Jonah Ellsworth, along with Bruckner’s final symphony.
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano
with the BOSTON TRIO Irina Muresanu, violin; Jonah Ellsworth, cello; Heng-Jin Park, piano
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:30pm | Sanders Theatre | Discovery Series*
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3pm | Sanders Theatre
Mahler’s apocalyptic Second Symphony is a powerful musical flood which sets ablaze the heart of any listener. Zander, regarded for his emotional and thrilling interpretations of Mahler’s symphonies, conducts one of the most magnificent and moving pieces in the repertoire.
MAHLER Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
ALICE COOTE, mezzo-soprano | SONJA TENGBLAD, soprano
Friday, April 14, 2017, 8pm | Symphony Hall
*Discovery Series: The ultimate in musical exploration, the Discovery Series offers listeners a guide to the music as part of the concert experience. The Discovery Series offers illuminating and entertaining commentary by Maestro Zander immediately before the performance of each piece on the program. The commentary is complemented by the unique opportunity to hear short musical examples played by the orchestra to illustrate specific concepts.
The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra—one of this country’s premiere youth ensembles—celebrates its fifth season in 2016-2017. The thrilling programming is wide-ranging and showcases the innumerable strengths of this ensemble. The New York Times praised the Orchestra, saying the musicians “play with a maturity and cohesion well beyond their years.” The concerts feature soloists pulled from within the ranks of the BPYO as well as international rising star In Mo Yang.
Sibelius/ Prokofiev
The music of Finland and Russia will be highlighted with violinist In Mo Yang, winner of the prestigious Paganini competition, performing Sibelius’s beloved Violin Concerto.
SIBELIUS Finlandia
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto with IN MO YANG, violin
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:30pm | Symphony Hall
Ganfolfi/ Strauss
This concert highlights the winners of the concerto competition, placing virtuoso soloists from the ranks of the orchestra front and center. Michael Gandolfi’s commission for the BPYO will make its World Premiere, and Strauss’s mischievous tone poem Till Eulenspiegel will round out the program.
GANDOLFI World Premiere
Concerto Competition Winners
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3pm | Sanders Theatre
The Sunday Times has called Benjamin Zander “arguably the most devoted Mahlerian of the day.” The Maestro turns his attention to Mahler’s devastating Symphony No. 6 for the final BPYO concert of the season.
MAHLER Symphony No. 6
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3pm | Symphony Hall
Subscription sales will begin the week of May 8, 2016 by mail and online at Single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2016.
Venues: Boston Philharmonic performances in the 2016-2017 season will take place in NEC’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston), Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston), and Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge).
As part of its community outreach and education initiatives, the BPO has founded the Crescendo! Program. Through Crescendo! activities, BPO and BPYO musicians teach individual and small-group instrumental lessons, provide music classes to students that would otherwise have none, and perform engaging and interactive concerts in the different Boston neighborhoods and 12 different public schools.
Maestro Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since its inception in 1979. He has led the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the past four years, during which time they have appeared in Carnegie Hall and made two highly successful European tours. Maestro Zander guest conducts in many parts of the world, especially with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies. These recordings have received extraordinary critical acclaim both for the performance itself and for Zander’s full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. Their recordings of Mahler’s 9th and Bruckner’s 5th Symphony on Telarc were nominated for Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance. Their latest recording, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. He returns to London to perform and record Beethoven’s Ninth with the Philharmonia for Linn Records in 2017.
One of the most sought after speakers on leadership, Mr. Zander has given both the opening and the closing Keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where on another occasion he was awarded the Crystal award for “outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations.” In 2002 he was awarded the Caring Citizen of the Humanities Award by the United Nations. In honor of his 70th birthday, and 45 years of teaching at the New England Conservatory, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate and the title of Faculty Emeritus. Leading psychologist, Rosamund Zander and he have collaborated on a best-selling book, “The Art of Possibility”, which has been translated into seventeen languages. His TED talk, The Transformational Power of Classical Music, is estimated to have been viewed by over ten million people.
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), founded in 1979, is a unique blend of Boston’s top freelancers, students from local conservatories and amateur musicians. The vision of the orchestra, Passionate Music Making without Boundaries, inspires the orchestra to find ever new ways of bringing a deeper understanding and enjoyment of orchestral music to a wider audience.  Maestro Zander’s unique approach to explaining classical music, and his intense passion for the art form now attracts hundreds of attendees for each pre-concert talk, which are designed as an intrinsic part of each Boston Philharmonic concert. The BPO has released five critically acclaimed recordings: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petroushka; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G; Shostakovich 5th Symphony and First Cello Concerto, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.
In the four short years since its founding, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has garnered national and international praise and acclaim. Comprising 120 extraordinary musicians ages 12-21 who participate tuition-free, the members are chosen through a highly selective audition process. The orchestra members, who participate in weekly rehearsals at Boston’s Benjamin Franklin Institute, are among the brightest stars of the next generation of great instrumentalists. The ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall, completed two acclaimed European tours, and has released a recording of their New York performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 on Linn Records.
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