Boston Symphony 2018-19 Season

For his fifth season with the orchestra, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads fourteen of the year's twenty-six subscription programs, ranging from orchestral works by Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Copland to compelling concerto collaborations with acclaimed soloists, as well as world and American premieres of pieces newly commissioned by the BSO. Continuing his multi-season explorations of concert and operatic works in particular areas of interest, Maestro Nelsons' programming includes Shostakovich's first and last symphonies, the First and Fifteenth, as part of the BSO's ongoing Shostakovich cycle for Deutsche Grammophon; Bruckner's Symphony No. 9; an all-Strauss program featuring Renée Fleming in the heartfelt final scene of the opera Capriccio; and concert performances of Puccini's moving one-act opera Suor Angelica with Kristine Opolais and Violeta Urmana. Concerto collaborations include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Daniil Trifonov, Schumann's Piano Concerto with Yuja Wang, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Lisa Batiashvili, Viennese composer HK Gruber's Aerial for trumpet and orchestra with Håkan Hardenberger, and the world premiere featuring violinist Baiba Skride of American composer Sebastian Currier's Aether, which was co-commissioned by the BSO and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig as part of the BSO/GHO Alliance initiated in February 2018.

Additional commissions include the American premieres of Latvian composer Andris Dzenītis' Māra and English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage's Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield. Other works new to the BSO's repertoire include Latvian composer Maija Einfelde's Lux aeterna for unaccompanied chorus, Lili Boulanger's D'un Soir triste, and Wilson's Lumina. The works by Dzenītis and Einfelde are performed to mark the 100th anniversary of Latvian independence. Turnage's Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield is part of an English-themed program also including Haydn's Symphony No. 93, the first of his dozen London symphonies, and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Boulanger's D'un Soir triste figures in a times-of-day-themed program, along with Britten's Friday Afternoons for children's chorus and orchestra, featuring the Boston Symphony Children's Choir, and Debussy's Nocturnes.

Major choral works to be led by Maestro Nelsons include Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with soloists Erin Morleyand Bernarda Fink, on a program pairing it with Einfelde's Lux aeterna; Dvořák's Stabat Mater, with soloists Kristine Opolais, Violeta Urmana, Dmytro Popov, and Ain Anger, in its first BSO performances since 1980, the only previous time the orchestra played the complete work; and, for the BSO's second "Leipzig Week in Boston," J.S. Bach's complete Christmas Oratorio, with renowned Bach singers Carolyn Sampson, Christine Rice, SebastianKohlhepp, and AndrèSchuen. Also featured in these works is the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor, which, along with the Lorelei Ensemble, Beth Willer, artistic director, also joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO for the performances of Puccini's Suor Angelica.

  • @andrisnelsons and the BSO are joined by the firebrand Chinese pianist @yujawang.official for #Schumann's Piano Concerto February 14-16. Tickets at #bso1819
  • We invite furloughed federal employees to join us as our guests on the following dates: January 17 - January 29. Each employee is eligible to receive a pair of tickets, based on availability, with the presentation of a valid government ID. Please call 888.266.1200 or visit the Box Office to reserve your tickets. for more info.
  • The upcoming "What I Hear" with Kaija Saariaho event at @necmusic has been moved to Brown Hall. RSVP for the January 24 event at #bso1819
  • Maestro Herbert Blomstedt is leading the BSO this week in a program on Haydn and Brahms. Here is a quick look at today's rehearsal of Brahms. Tickets at #bso1819
  • Bearing several deliberate touches of homage to Beethoven but fully Brahmsian in its spirit and effect, Brahms' Symphony No. 1 stands as one of the great works in the symphonic literature. On the program through January 22. #bso1819
  • The Georgian violinist @lisabatiashvili joins @andrisnelsons and the BSO as soloist in the important Polish composer Karol #Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1. February 7-12 #bso1819
  • Don't miss a special non-subscription March 15 performance with BSO Music Director @andrisnelsons conducting an all-Strauss program featuring renowned soprano @reneeflemingmusic. Tickets on sale now at #bso1819 #strauss
  • Coming up this Wednesday, don't miss "BSO 101: Are You Listening?" Robert Kirzinger discusses Symphonic Shifts—Haydn, Brahms, Sibelius, Copland. RSVP for this free event at Photo by Marco Borggreve.
  • The Boston Symphony Chamber Players were joined by pianist Gilbert Kalish and soprano Amanda Forsythe on Sunday afternoon at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall for a concert celebrating Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison's 80th birthday. Here are a few photos from the performance. 📷: Hilary Scott
  • Italian pianist @alessiobax made his BSO debut last night playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 with Sir Andrew Davis, who also conducted the orchestra in John Harbison’s Symphony No. 2 (in celebration of the composer's 80th birthday last month) and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5. . Tickets for 'Casual Fridays' tonight (not including the Harbison) and Saturday evening's performance are still available: 📷: Hilary Scott
  • Please enjoy this clip from last's night performance. Sir Andrew Davis leading the BSO.
  • Episode 2 of BSO360 is now streaming at Watch now.
  • This Sunday at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, attend a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. with John Harbison and Robert Kirzinger. Post concert, there will be a book Signing event with John Harbison - "What do we Make of Bach?". Tickets and information at #bso1819 #bscp
  • Chances are you’ve heard that there are several potential benefits of listening to classical music. But is there any actual truth behind this statement? According to numerous studies, there absolutely is. Take advantage of the January sale and save while improving your health! #bso1819
  • Shiyeon Sung returned to the BSO podium last night to lead the orchestra in a program of music by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Antonín Dvořák & Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with @IngridFliter. 📷: @treborserrot
  • The Boston Symphony kicked off their first concerts of 2019 on Thursday evening. Enjoy this clip of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Shiyeon Sung. Tickets still available for additional performances #BSO1819
  • Excited to announce that the limit series BSO360 is now being released online. Watch the first episode now at
  • On this week's episode of 5 Fast Facts, we talk with Anthony Fogg, the William I. Bernell Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood. Tune in every week for new episodes.
  • The BSO returns to the Symphony Hall stage Thursday as Shiyeon Sung conducts Mendelssohn-Hensel, Mendelssohn and Dvořàk. #bso1819 Take a quick look at today's rehearsal
  • Best wishes for 2019!
  • Time is running out! As we look forward to an even brighter year ahead, we need your help. Today is your last chance to make a tax-deductible year-end gift to keep the music playing in 2019 and for generations to come.
  • What a year it has been! We are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for the BSO. #bestnine2018 #happynewyear
  • Tonight on Great Performances, tune in to the "@leonardbernsteinofficial Centennial Celebration"! Check your local @pbs listings. #greatperformancespbs #leonardbernstein #lb100 #bernsteinat100
  • We do all we can to bring wonderful music to as many people as possible. Help us reach even more of our community in 2019 by making a tax-deductible year-end contribution by December 31.
  • Happy Holidays from @andrisnelsons and the BSO!
  • Explore the season at #bso1819
  • Maestro Herbert Blomstedt returns to the BSO podium for a work central to the repertoire, Brahms's rich, complex Symphony No. 1 January 17. #bso1819
  • The BSO brought incredible music to international audiences and our local community all year long. Help us end 2018 on a high note by making a tax-deductible year-end gift by Dec. 31. With your support, we’ll have an even wider impact in the year to come.
  • Fanny #Mendelssohn-Hensel's Overture in C, her only extant work for orchestra alone (though she wrote several works for chorus with orchestra), is an elegant, ten-minute piece dating from 1830. On the program January 3-5 #bso1819
  • There is still plenty of time to give the gift of music this year! Order a BSO Gift Certificate today.
  • Now nominated for 2 @recordingacademy #Grammys, hear latest installment in @andrisnelsons and the BSO's complete Shostakovich symphony cycle on @dgclassics, “Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11”
  • Casual Friday returns on January 11 when Sir Andrew Davis conducts Mozart and Vaughan Williams featuring pianist Alessio Bax. Post-concert, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will be performing a special recital. Tickets on sale now: #bso1818 #bsotfc #casualfriday
  • Kick off the new year with the BSO as conductor Shi-Yeon Sung leads a program Mendelssohn-Hensel, Mendelssohn, and Dvořák January 3-5 #bso1819
  • This week's episode of 5 Fast Facts is with orchestra violist, Rebekah Edewards! Tune in every week for new episodes.
  • The gift of music is perfect for everyone on your list this year! BSO Gift Certificates are now available. #bso1819
  • Don't miss the "Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood" on #GreatPerformancesPBS December 28!
  • @andrisnelsons and the Boston Symphony’s @dgclassics album, “Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 (“The Year 1905”),” was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual #GRAMMYs Awards—“Best Orchestral Performance” and “Best Engineered Album”!
  • #Repost @kgerstein with @get_repost ・・・ This is the MOST exciting thing - a new concerto by @thomasades !!! World premiere w/ @bostonsymphony at #bostonsymphonyhall & @carnegiehall March 2019. Be there! #fabermusic #piano #concerto
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  • I loved this book so much when I was little that I recorded my own book-on-tape on my father's cassette deck. I read it to my kids now, and they love seeing all of the members of the philharmonic in their skivvies. None of that here, but please swipe right to see my own transformation ☺️
  • First notes of the day, nursery school drop-off style. #bso1819 #bsotakeover
  • Meeting with my favorite education department folks and local hip hop artists StlGld and filmmaker Jesse Epstein to bounce ideas around. Can't wait to get together with these guys!
  • My commute today. Special thanks to the City of Boston for the upgraded section of the Southwest corridor path! A huge improvement. #bso1819 #bsotakeover
  • Hi! I'm Rachel Childers, 2nd horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I'm taking over this space for a few days, hoping to give a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into life as an orchestral musician. I'll start with my awesome commute: a walk through the lovely emerald necklace! #bso1819 #bsotakeover #hornplayer
  • Some of the instruments that Principal Horn Jamie Sommerville and I "auditioned" to play this week's Bach. Not pictured: the one I will actually play. #bso1819 #bsotakeover
  • The trumpet section has a fair amount of rest during this week's Christmas Oratorio performances. 3rd/Utility Trumpet Mike Martin (@playwritemusic) grabs a quick nap between movements atop our backstage cello storage. 🤷 #bsotakeover #bso1819
  • Our stage manager, John Demick, keeps track of the timings for every concert. No wonder last night's Beethoven's Fifth Symphony felt zippy! Music director Andris Nelsons is incredibly creative and spontaneous, so each concert always seems to have a different flavor 😉 #bsotakeover #bso1819
  • Happy #GivingTuesday! We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our generous donors. In fact, every $1 the BSO receives through ticket sales must be matched by an additional $1 of contributed support to cover annual expenses. Please contribute today to keep the music playing, now and for generations to come. Link In profile.
  • Returning to Symphony Hall for the first time since her tenure as BSO assistant conductor, Korean-born Shi-Yeon Sung leads a program juxtaposing music of Fanny #Mendelssohn-Hensel and her brother Felix. January 3-5 #bso1819
  • Take advantage of Cyber Monday and save 40% on select BSO concerts with the promo code: CyberSale #bso1819 #cybermonday
  • @andrisnelsons led the BSO in a post-Thanksgiving performance of Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 5 yesterday afternoon. See repeat performance tonight and Tuesday: . 📷: @treborserrot
  • Skip the lines and save 40% on select BSO concerts with the promo code: CyberSale Sale ends Tuesday at 12am
  • Get your holiday shopping done now! Save 40% on select BSO concerts with the promo code CyberSale! Sale ends Tuesday at 12am
  • Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
  • Celebrate the season with an All-Beethoven program! November 23-27, tickets on sale now. #bso1819 #beethoven
  • On this week's episode of 5 Fast Facts, we chat with principal tuba, Mike Roylance. Tune in every week for new episodes.
  • #Repost @andrisnelsons with @get_repost ・・・ We had a great time in New York with the @bostonsymphony and Håkan Hardenberger, performing at @carnegiehall. A big thank you goes out to the fantastic audience who came to see us last night. . . . #soldout #carnegiehall #trumpet #aerial #mahler #newyork #ontheroad #conductorslife #thankyou
  • That’s why we offer free community chamber music concerts, provide master classes to local youth orchestras, and so much more. #GivingTuesday is next week, and your gift to the BSO will help to make our community a more musical place. Show your support at
  • Tonight we perform at @carnegiehall. Can’t make it? Listen to the performance live on @wqxr_classical:
  • We wish @AndrisNelsons a very happy birthday! We celebrated his 40th birthday at the conclusion of Saturday evening's concert with a special surprise for Maestro Nelsons.
  • Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Enjoy this clip from last evening’s performance. #bso1819 #mahler
  • Håkan Hardenberger joined @andrisnelsons and the BSO for HK Gruber’s ‘Aerial’ last night at Symphony Hall. See him with the BSO again tomorrow night at Symphony Hall or Monday at @carnegiehall! 📷: @marcoborggreve1965