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.

  • The Boston Symphony Chamber Players tour wrapped up at the @nationalconcerthall in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday evening. Many thanks for all those who joined us! #bscptour
  • As the Boston Symphony Chamber Players tour continues, so does the exploration of the cities! Post concert in Prague, the group enjoyed the gastronomic delights of the city (with a nod to our home town!). #bscptour
  • Over the weekend, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players received a warm welcome in Aarhus.
  • ‪A quick look at yesterday’s rehearsal with WBUR’s Circle Round for today’s performance at the BPL in JP. #bsoinresidence ‬
  • The Boston Symphony Chamber Players performed a program of Haydn, Françaix, and Brahms yesterday to a wonderful audience in Prague, Czech Republic at Rudolfinium. #Bscptour
  • Join @bostonsymphony’s music Director @andrisnelsons as he leads a TLI OpenStudio master class in conducting July 16 at the Linde Center at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival. for tickets.
  • The Boston Symphony Chamber Players tour with Garrick Ohlsson continues! Enjoy a few photos from the Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. #bscptour #garrickohlsson
  • A morning with Chopin in Warsaw.
  • Hello everyone! This is BSO cellist @blaisedejardin taking over this Instagram account for a couple of days. We were thrilled to have Maestro Christoph von Dohnanyi in our audience yesterday in Munich and had a nice little chat with him backstage!
  • Introducing our new assistant conductor, Anna Rakitina! Anna will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra for her first podium appearance as assistant conductor during the 2020 Tanglewood season, followed by subscription concerts at Symphony Hall during the 2020–21 season. She will become only the second woman assistant conductor in the Boston Symphony’s history. Please join us in welcoming Anna to the BSO family!
  • Great Polish dinner with everyone in Warsaw!
  • More scenes from the road. Here are a few photos from the Berlin stop on the Boston Symphony Chamber Players Tour including Chamber Players violinists Haldan Martinson and Alexander Velinzon with fellow violinist and recent BSO soloist Vadim Gluzman and Messages by BSCP musicians in the Boulez Saal guest book. #bscptour
  • Look what came in today’s mail!
  • A couple more photos from the road! The Chamber Players were thrilled for a wonderful audience in Istanbul and very thankful for Turkish Airline's help in transportation of Ed Barker’s special traveling bass. #bscptour
  • First rehearsal at Is Sanat Concert Hall. Nice facility in the new part of the city.
  • Symphony Hall is ready for Opening Night at @thebostonpops. Are you? . . . . . . . . Tickets at
  • It's the Turkish takeover of the BSO Instagram! Boston Symphony Chamber Players and friends do Istanbul!
  • A wonderful premiere. Thanks to Baiba, Andris, and the BSO! #bsotakeover
  • For the final performances of the BSO 2018-19 season, @andrisnelsons led the BSO in a program of Strauss, Currier and Stravinsky. Enjoy this excerpt of Stravinsky's "Petrushka"
  • @andrisnelsons and the BSO delighted audiences with performances of "Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche" by Strauss and Stravinsky's "Petrushka". Last night's program also included the world premiere of "Aether" by composer Sebastian Currier, featuring violinist Baiba Skride. Catch the final BSO concert of the season this Saturday at 8 p.m.! Tickets available here: 📷 by @treborserrot
  • Dress rehearsal for Aether, with Baiba Skride and the BSO. Looking forward very much to the premiere tonight! #bsotakeover
  • Discussing the piece with Baiba..... #bsotakover
  • And Andris...,., #bsotakeover
  • Great rehearsal with Sage Yang and Sarah Yeoh-Wang who will perform NIGHT TIME at the What I Hear concert at NEC tonight at 6pm #bsotakeover
  • Heading to Symphony Hall for the first rehearsal of my violin concerto, Aether, with the BSO and Baiba Skride. Excited! (and anxious.....). Always an intense moment - hearing one’s piece for the first time! #sebastiancurrier #worldpremiere #symphonyhall
  • Look forward very much to the premiere of my new violin concerto, Aether, with Baiba Skride, Andris Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra this Thursday! First rehearsal in a few hours - looking over the score one last time.... #aether #worldpremiere #bsotakeover #instatakeover #composerlife #violinconcerto #andrisnelsons
  • Great rehearsal with Baiba and BSO. Such wonderful artists! #bsotakeover #sebastiancurrier
  • Having a chat with some young composers who attended the rehearsal. #bsotakeover
  • August 17, @francoisxavierroth makes his @tanglewoodmusicfestival debut conducting joining pianist @kgerstein for Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Make your plans at
  • This Thursday, May 2, Baiba Skride will be signing copies of her CDs Post-concert outside the Symphony Shop. Tickets available at #bso1819
  • With Ticket Insurance, vouchers, free exchanges, and many more benefits; now is the time to secure your BSO Subscription for the 2019-20 season. Learn more: #bso1920
  • Last night at Symphony Hall, @daniiltrifonov transported audience members during his magnificent performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. Later in the evening, Andris Nelsons and the BSO continued their journey through the Shostakovich catalog with Symphony No.15. Catch this not-to-be-missed program this afternoon, Saturday evening, and Tuesday evening! Tickets available at 📷 by Hilary Scott.
  • Enjoy this short clip of @andrisnelsons leading the BSO and @daniiltrifonov in #Rachmaninoff's powerful Piano Concerto No. 3 from Thursday's performance. #bso1819
  • A brief look inside Wednesday’s rehearsal of #Shostakovich. On the program April 25-30 #bso1819
  • Two unpredictable musical rogues bookend a new work for the final series of the season. Andris Nelsons leads a program of Strauss, Currier and Stravinsky beginning May 2. Get your tickets for the final performances of the season: #bso1819
  • Conductor Andrew Manze made his Symphony Hall debut last night leading the BSO in #Bacewicz's Concerto for String Orchestra and #Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony, "Reformation". Pianist Francesco Piemontesi, also making his BSO debut, joined the orchestra for a rarely heard #Mozart piano concerto: No. 19 in F (K. 459). Catch this program this afternoon and tomorrow! Tickets at 📷 by @treborserrot
  • Begin your weekend with this short clip of English conductor Andrew Manze leading the BSO in Graźyna #Bacewicz's dynamic and soulful Concerto for String Orchestra from the April 18 performance. #bso1819
  • ‪🎼 July 21, @andrisnelsons conducts the @BostonSymphony in a program of #Gershwin and #Stravinsky featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet only at Tanglewood. ‪Reserve your seats at
  • ‪Throwing it back to the first BSO Season: 1881-82 and a brass subscription ticket that was recently acquired by the BSO Archives. #tbt #ThrowbackThursday ‬
  • RSVP for the final "What I Hear" Session of the season featuring composer Sebastian Currier May 2 at New England Conservatory's Williams Hall. #bso1819
  • Graźyna Bacewicz was one of Poland's most important composers of the mid-20th century, and one of very few women with an international reputation in that era. Her dynamic and soulful Concerto for String Orchestra won the Polish State Prize in 1950. This work is on the program April 18-20. #bso1819
  • Boston Symphony Chamber Players embark on a nine-city European tour May 9–21. Learn more at
  • Meet the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers (BSAV), a group 700 strong dedicating more than 25,000 hours to the BSO and Tanglewood each year. This National Volunteer Week, we salute and thank our BSAV members for all that they do to help us engage and delight more than a million concertgoers each year. #NationalVolunteerWeek
  • Two conductors for the price of one! Bravi Ken-David Masur and James Burton--as well as pianist Sergio Tiempo, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and vocalists Aquiles Machado and Gustavo Castillo--for last night's thrilling program of Berlioz, Ravel, and Estévez. Tickets are at 📷 by Robert Torres.
  • BSO subscribers enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts throughout the season. Now is your chance to subscribe to the exciting BSO 2019-20 season #bso1920
  • @andrisnelsons and the BSO continue their Grammy Award-winning #Shostakovich symphony cycle, with the composer's final work in the genre, No. 15. April 25-30 tickets at bso1819
  • It is a "Suite Surprise" at the April 13 family concert with @bostonyouthsymphonyorchestras. Tickets at
  • James Burton leads the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Estévez’ "Cantata Criolla," now on the program April 11-13. #bso1819 Tickets available at
  • Happy Home Opener @redsox Nation. We are revisiting our World Series champions performance to get ready for all of the excitment of the season. #GoSox!
  • Gain a better understanding of how the orchestra strives to refine its performance at an open rehearsal. Get your tickets for May 2 at #bso1819
  • Gustavo Dudamel has regretfully withdrawn from this week’s performances due to complications from a hand and arm injury sustained from a fall he took last December. From Maestro Dudamel: “It is with deep regret that I have to withdraw from the remainder of my appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this week due to an aggravation of an injury from last December. I have thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsal process and performances of “The Rite of Spring” and Schumann's “Spring” Symphony with the incredible BSO this past week and was so looking forward to this coming week’s performances of music by Desenne, Ginastera, and Estévez—three composers dear to my heart. With apologies to Boston’s wonderful orchestra and audience, I look forward to returning to Symphony Hall in future seasons to continue our fantastic music-making for all those devoted to this remarkable orchestra! I wish everyone in the BSO family the very best.” Replacing Mr. Dudamel for Tuesday’s program is Boston Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur. For this upcoming weekend's concerts, Tanglewood Festival Chorus Conductor James Burton will lead Estévez’ Cantata Criolla. In two changes to the original program, Mr. Masur conducts the Ravel Piano Concerto in G, featuring pianist Sergio Tiempo, and for the April 11 and 13 concerts Berlioz' Roman Carnival Overture.
  • Enjoy this brief clip of @gustavodudamel leading the BSO in Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" from Friday afternoon's performance. This program repeats April 6 and 9. #bso1819
  • @gustavodudamel conducts #Ginastera and #Estévez in the final Casual Friday of the season April 12. Tickets at #bso1819
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss, Currier & Stravinsky featuring violinist Baiba Skride May 2-4. Reserve your seat at #bso1819
  • A look at #Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony, "Reformation". On the program April 18-20. Tickets at #bso1819
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  • Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins and the BSO certainly had no trouble showing young audience members the merits of taking the "Scenic Route" last Saturday morning at Symphony Hall during the second Family Concert of the season! Catch the third and final Family Concert featuring the BYSO on April 14 at Symphony Hall! 📷 by Hillary Scott
  • @andrisnelsons and the BSO are thrilled to announce the BSO 2019-20 season! Explore the season at #bso1920
  • Daniil Trifonov joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO for #Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most enduringly popular concertos in the repertoire, which is powerful, lyrical, and Russian to the core. April 25-30 #bso1819
  • Thrilled to be with other organizations and celebrating Arts Advocacy Day with @masscreative! #CreativityConnects
  • Players at play! The BSO and the visiting @sfsymphony faced off for a friendly game of softball at Roberto Clemente Field on this gorgeous Monday afternoon