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.


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  • Founded in 1964, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players combine the talents of BSO principal players and renowned guest artists to explore the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire. The ensemble’s four-concert series, beginning this October takes place at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. #BSO Get your tickets today! bso.org
  • Hungarian-born pianist András Schiff made his BSO debut in 1983 and last appeared with the orchestra in 2008. In his first appearances with the BSO as a conductor, this October, he leads Bach’s F minor concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 from the keyboard. After intermission, he takes the podium to conduct Brahms’s Haydn Variations and Bartók’s pungent folk-influenced Dance Suite. #BSO Visit bso.org for all program information.
  • Coming to Symphony Hall October 10, Russian-born conductor Dima Slobodeniouk makes his BSO debut, collaborating with cellist Truls Mørk in Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the composer’s last masterpiece and one of the central works of the cello repertoire. #BSO For all program details, visit bso.org
  • Pianist @yujawang.official returns to Symphony Hall to perform Shostakovich’s brightly powerful Piano Concerto No. 1 on October 3, which includes virtuosic exchanges between the pianist and a solo trumpet, here, the BSO’s principal trumpet, Thomas Rolfs. Opening the program is American composer James Lee III’s celebratory, at times mysterious Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula, a ten-minute work referring to the autumnal Feast of the Tabernacles. Closing the program is music from Bedřich Smetana’s patriotic orchestral cycle Má Vlast (“My Country”), colorful and widely varying musical pictures evoking the composer’s Czech homeland. Go to BSO.org for all ticket purchases.
  • The outstanding Italian-born violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to Symphony Hall on September 27, to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a pinnacle of the violin repertoire. It is also one of the most challenging violin concertos, demanding the utmost sensitivity and sense of line in its many lyrical passages, as well as pinpoint intensity in its faster episodes. #BSO Find your seats at bso.org
  • On September 19, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the opening concerts of the orchestra’s 2019–20 season, which feature the world premiere of the second BSO commission by the young American composer Eric Nathan, his Concerto for Orchestra, which highlights the virtuosity of the BSO’s various instrumental sections. #BSO Get your tickets today at bso.org!
  • August 18, Giancarlo Guerrero joins the TMCO for the orchestra’s final concert of the 2019 season, which will include a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Go to tanglewood.org for all ticket purchases.
  • August 18, François-Xavier Roth is joined by Yo-Yo Ma for Schumann’s Cello Concerto, on a program with Brahms’s Serenade No. 1 and Schumann’s Concert Piece for four horns and orchestra, featuring members of the BSO horn section. For more info go to Tanglewood.org
  • François-Xavier Roth makes his Tanglewood debut August 17, conducting joining pianist Kirill Gerstein for Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Buy your tickets now! Tanglewood.org
  • This Sunday, August 11, Thomas Adès conducts Ives and Beethoven featuring pianist Inon Barnatan Event information: Tanglewood.org
  • Leonidas Kavakos joins the BSO as conductor and violinist on Friday, August 9, for a program including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. Find your seats at Tanglewood.org
  • Tickets for the 2019-2020 BSO Season are on sale NOW! Find your favorite performances at bso.org! #BSO #BostonSymphonyOrchestra
  • Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads the BSO in the season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on August 25. Get your tickets now! Tanglewood.org
  • Join us August 23rd, as BSO Assistant Conductor Yu-An Chang makes his BSO debut on Friday, August 23, leading Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schubert’s Symphony No. 2, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, featuring Ingrid Fliter. Go to Tanglewood.org for more info.
  • François-Xavier Roth is joined by Yo-Yo Ma on August 18th for Schumann’s Cello Concerto, on a program with Brahms’s Serenade No. 1 and Schumann’s Concert Piece for four horns and orchestra, featuring members of the BSO horn section. Purchase your tickets today! Tanglewood.org
  • August 17th, François-Xavier Roth makes his Tanglewood debut conducting joining pianist Kirill Gerstein for Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Select your seats now at Tanglewood.org
  • Join us August 11 at Tanglewood as Thomas Adès conducts Ives and Beethoven featuring pianist Inon Barnatan. More information: Tanglewood.org
  • ‪As we get closer to reaching 100K followers on Instagram, we wanted to not only take the time to thank you for your continuous support, but give you the opportunity to take part in a giveaway as a part of our appreciation!‬ ‪Thank you to the official hotel of the BSO, the @fairmontcopley for presenting the chance to win a one night stay at their hotel, along with a pair of premiere tickets to a BSO concert at Symphony hall 🎼 ‪For your chance to win, comment below using #BSO as your entry! We will be making several other posts as we get closer to reaching the 100K mark, so be on the lookout for additional chances to enter. Good luck!👍🏻 Photo by Robert Torres.‬ ‪-‬ ‪-‬ ‪-‬ ‪[NOTE] Non-transferrable. Tickets must be selected for a concert in September, October or November. Hotel and concert tickets may be used separately. Specific suite, hotel and concert tickets are subject to availability at the time of booking, so go to bso.org to select your concert.
  • Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, leads the BSO on Saturday, August 10, in Carreño’s Margaritena, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Nikolai Lugansky, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. Tickets are available now at Tanglewood.org
  • On Friday, August 9, Leonidas Kavakos joins the BSO as conductor and violinist for a program including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. Get your seats now at Tanglewood.org
  • On August 10 we welcome the debut of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, who will lead the BSO, in Carreño’s Margaritena, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Nikolai Lugansky, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. Tickets can be purchased at Tanglewood.org
  • Leonidas Kavakos joins the BSO as conductor and violinist on Friday, August 9, for a program including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. Get your tickets now at Tanglewood.org
  • And we’re live! Tune to @wamcradio this morning for interviews with some of your favorite Tanglewood artists: pianist Paul Lewis, soprano Christine Goerke, bass-baritone James Rutherford, and more!
  • August 2nd, violinist @joshuabellmusic marks his 30th anniversary performing at Tanglewood, on a program with Martinů’s Memorial to Lidice and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. Visit Tanglewood.org for all event information.
  • This Saturday is our BSO Family Concert at Tanglewood! Beginning at 10am, families and friends of all ages are welcome to come enjoy music, led by Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins. Visit Tanglewood.org for all event information
  • As part of the July 26th program, Paul Lewis takes center stage to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K.414! Tickets are available at Tanglewood.org
  • Beginning Friday, July 26th, discover Richard Wagner’s world of music and myth, the marriage of music and drama in Die Walküre, truths and misconceptions about the Wagner voice, and the epic struggle between power and love. Performed by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and world-renowned soloists. Photos by Winslow Townson. Get your tickets now at Tanglewood.org
  • On August 3rd, conductor Asher Fisch returns to Tanglewood, and is joined by violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth for the American premiere Avner Dorman’s BSO-commissioned Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra. Get your tickets today! Tanglewood.org
  • Come join all of the BSO conductors this Tuesday at Tanglewood as they will be leading us through the 2019 Tanglewood on Parade! Get your tickets now at Tanglewood.org
  • This Sunday at Tanglewood, Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the featured soloist for two works by Gershwin—Piano Concerto in F and Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra; Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka to complete the program. Tickets are available at Tanglewood.org
  • Boston: All Boston audience members are invited to arrive early to enter the “Creative Picnic” contest and enjoy casual summer fare from local on-site food vendors. The Picnic Contest will be from 7:15-7:45pm and will be judged by Celebrity Chefs, Joanne Change of Flour Bakery, Graham Lockwood of Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, and Ming Tsai of Blue Dragon. They will be looking for some of the best picnic setups on the Common Friday night. So make sure to bring out all of the stops, as you will have a chance to win various prizes including tickets to Tanglewood! Also, make sure to stop by our info table for a chance to win Tanglewood Lawn Passes this season! For all event information, visit Tanglewood.org Pittsfield: Pre-concert activities will begin at 5 p.m. on the Pittsfield Common, including performances by the Eagles Community Band Brass Ensemble, performers from the Barrington Stage MTC Choral Group, and students from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, as well as family-friendly activities offered by local organizations such as the Norman Rockwell Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Music School, and the Pittsfield YMCA. Audience members will also have an opportunity to enjoy casual summer fare from local on-site food vendors including Main Street Hospitality, Barrington Brewery, SoCo Creamery, and Mad Jack’s BBQ! For all event details, visit tanglewood.org #TanglewoodInTheCiy #Tanglewood #BostonSymphonyOrchestra
  • Join us at Tanglewood this Saturday evening as Andris Nelsons conducts Elgar and Puts featuring Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry Tickets are available at Tanglewood.org
  • Join Andris Nelsons this Friday at Tanglewood as he conducts Jolas, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon. This concert is part of Tanglewood in the City and will be live streamed in both the Boston Common and Pittsfield Common. Tickets for the concert at Tanglewood can be purchased here: Tanglewood.org
  • Beginning on July 27, in one of the biggest undertakings in Tanglewood’s 82-year history, Andris Nelsons, will lead a complete concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre, with a cast of superb soloists, performing the work with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. All ticket information can be found at tanglewood.org 📸 @marcoborggreve1965
  • Come join us July 27 as the BSO's Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, Thomas Wilkins leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra through our Family Concert at Tanglewood. All event information can be found at tanglewood.org
  • BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons has a full weekend at Tanglewood as he leads the orchestra in three different programs. Friday night, he kicked off the Shed performances with a bracing program of Copland and Grieg's Piano Concerto, featuring Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki. On to Verdi's Requiem tonight! 📷 Hilary Scott
  • Join us July 23 as the 2019 Tanglewood on Parade concert will be led by the BSO’s active conductor roster including BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams, BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins, and the Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus James Burton. Get your tickets now at tanglewood.org 📸 @marcoborggreve1965
  • On July 26, come watch Andris Nelsons lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as he conducts Shostakovich, Mozart and Ravel, featuring pianist Paul Lewis. Tickets can be purchased at tanglewood.org
  • Spend a weekend at Tanglewood July 26-28 to discover Richard Wagner’s world of music and myth, the marriage of music and drama in Die Walküre, truths and misconceptions about the Wagner voice, and the epic struggle between power and love. Additional details for the weekend can be found at tanglewood.org
  • Join us July 21 at Tanglewood as Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the featured soloist for two works by Gershwin—Piano Concerto in F and Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra; Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka to complete the program. Find your seats now at tanglewood.org
  • This July 19, spend your Friday night at the Boston or Pittsfield Common where you'll be able to attend a free live screening from Tanglewood, where Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be performing. Please reference the below links for additional details: Pittsfield: bit.ly/2ZKYsx7 AND Boston: bit.ly/2xl2IYd
  • Join the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dima Slobodeniouk as they perform Rachmaninoff and Sibelius featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman August 4 at Tanglewood. Tickets are available at tanglewood.org
  • Come watch Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Jolas, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon this July 19 at Tanglewood. For tickets, please visit tanglewood.org
  • Happy 4th of July! If you are in Boston, make sure to check out our very own Boston Pops as they perform at the Esplanade for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacluar! #BostonJuly4 Additional information for the event can be found on bostonpopsjuly4th.org You can also stream live on Bloomberg.com.
  • Come learn how great music is made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's very own Andris Nelsons at the July 16 TLI Open Studio. For more information visit tanglewood.org
  • This July 14 @tanglewoodmusicfestival come watch the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons as he conducts Beethoven, HK Gruber and Strauss featuring Håkan Hardenberger. Tickets can be purchased at tanglewood.org
  • It's more than just a concert, it's opening night @TanglewoodMusicFestival. Join us this Friday as Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra kickoff the summer season! Tickets are available at tanglewood.org
  • Soprano @kristine.opolais joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Verdi's Requiem July 13, conducted by Andris Nelsons. Reserve your seat today at tanglewood.org
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Copland and Grieg featuring @lisieckijan as he makes his Tanglewood debut July 12 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Get your tickets now at tanglewood.org
  • In celebrating the inaugural opening of the Linde Center - “We hope to offer new programs and experiences that will inspire and deepen people’s understanding of classical music, the arts, and the human spirit. Whether it’s through the Tanglewood Music Center, Tanglewood Learning Institute, Boston Symphony Orchestra events, or those offered by others, it is our hope that the Linde Center becomes a community resource to unite people through shared experiences and that it amplifies a core value of the Tanglewood experience: that is that Tanglewood is for everyone." JOYCE LINDE Trustee, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Chair, TMC/TLI Initiative Committee
  • On July 6, Andris Nelsons conducts Tower, Previn and Dvořák featuring violinist @anne_sophie_mutter at Tanglewood. Find more information at tanglewood.org
  • Who doesn’t like parades? On July 23 at Tanglewood, join the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir for a full night of performances! Fireworks over the Stockbridge Bowl to end the evening. For more information on the program visit tanglewood.org
  • On July 5, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra make their debut for the summer season at Tanglewood! Tickets can be purchased at tanglewood.org
  • Want to experience Tanglewood but can’t make it all the way to Lenox? Bring a picnic and enjoy the BSO live on screen at Tanglewood in the City! On July 19, the BSO Tanglewood concert will be broadcast live on both Pittsfield and Boston Common. Free! Additional info can be found on BSO.org
  • On August 3, Asher Fisch conducts Schumann, Dorman, Beethoven and Mendelssohn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth. For ticket purchases visit tanglewood.org
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes all families to Tanglewood on July 27th for the BSO Family Concert, led by Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins. For more information visit tanglewood.org
  • We are so humbled to have been nominated for Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year Award! To cast your vote, go to bit.ly/2ZfSvYM
  • On August 2, Ken-David Masur conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program of Martinů and Dvořák featuring violinist Joshua Bell. Visit tanglewood.org for more information.
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra is pleased to be nominated for Gramophone's 2019 Orchestra of the Year Award, celebrating a handful of ensembles worldwide for their contributions in music this past year. Cast your vote for us here: bit.ly/2ZfSvYM
  • A string quintet of musicians from the Boston Symphony took Sir Stanley’s cup on a tour of Boston today ahead of game 5. Tune in tomorrow on @nbc before the puck drop to see the whole journey. Go @nhlbruins!
  • It is a discussion of leadership in America, in conjunction with concert performances of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” and its multi-generational saga of power, love, and loss. Join @doriskgoodwin for the Big Idea July 27. tli.org for more info.
  • The @tanglewoodmusicfestival’s Family Fun Fest returns as part of the @highlandstreetfoundation’s Free Fun Fridays program August 2! RSVP at Tanglewood.org