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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  • It's a season of special guests, unique programing, and premieres. Explore the BSO 2018-19 season! #bso1819
  • #Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra-a work commissioned by Serge #Koussevitzky and premiered by the BSO in 1944-anchors the season-opening program highlighting the virtuosity of the orchestra's string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections. October 11-13 #bso1819
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  • @andrisnelsons and the BSO present an all-#Bernstein program, which begins with a fully-staged performance of the composer's ballet "Fancy Free" in a first-ever collaboration with the @BostonBallet at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival. Get your tickets for August 18! 📷: Boston Ballet in Jerome Robbins’ "Fancy Free" by Gene Schiavone.
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  • Mark your calendars for September 30! Don't miss the Free Concert & Community Arts Festival at the Playstead at Franklin Park. More info at
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  • @AndrisNelsons conducts the BSO at the @tanglewoodmusiccenter in Mahler Symphony No. 3 featuring Susan Graham and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus on August 24! Save your seat today!
  • #Repost @tanglewoodmusicfestival with @get_repost ・・・ Herbert Blomstedt conducted the BSO in works by Mozart, Bernstein & Haydn on July 21. Elizabeth Rowe, flute. Vocalists Hannah Morrison, soprano; Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Michael Nagy, baritone, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Hilary Scott photos. #tanglewood
  • Inspired by @leonardbernsteinofficial’s landmark TV series, @andrisnelsons conducts #Tanglewood's "Young People's Concert" featuring the music of #Beethoven and #Bernstein. August 10 #intheberkshires #family #youngpeople #concert #classicalmusic #whymusicmatters #bernsteinat100 #bernstein100 #tanglewood2018
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  • #Repost @yujawang.official with @get_repost ・・・ Beethoven Piano Concerto 1 with @andrisnelsons conducting the @bostonsymphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Festival! 💚🎶🌳 Photos: @chrisleephotonyc #chrisleephoto @tanglewoodmusicfestival
  • #Repost @tanglewoodmusicfestival with @repostapp ・・・ Here are a couple beautiful photos from Saturday night’s @bostonsymphony performance of La bohème with @kristine.opolais and @tenortetelman, conducted by @andrisnelsons! 📷: Hilary Scott
  • #Repost @tanglewoodmusicfestival with @get_repost ・・・ Moritz Gnann led the BSO with Paul Lewis in a program of Wagner, Mozart and Schumann on Friday evening in the Shed at Tanglewood.
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  • On this week's episode of 5 Fast Facts, BSO cellist Mickey Katz! Join us for new episodes every Wednesday and catch up on past episodes on our YouTube channel!
  • Headed to Tanglewood in the City on Friday? Be sure to enter our Creative Picnic Contest! Get your creative juices flowing with a crazy/fun meal, an eye-catching setup, or a cool theme. The winner will be chosen by event host @janetwunews and special local celebrity guest judges. #tanglewood #boston #picnic #contest • • • • • • #freeevent #freemusic #tanglewoodinthecity #classicalmusic #bosarts #bostoncommons
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  • The BSO at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival begins July 6 with @andrisnelsons & @langlangpiano. Tickets at #tanglewood #intheberkshires #musicfestival #summer #summerfestival #classical #classicalmusic #classicalseason
  • It's been an exciting week celebrating Boston Week in Leipzig with the @gewandhausorchester! Mark your calendars- the next Leipzig Week in Boston is coming up in November. #BSOGHO
  • Boston Week in Leipzig continues! Last evening's concert featured @andrisnelsons, the GewandhausChor, Thomas Hampson and Jörg Widmann. #BSOGHO #BSOeverywhere Photos provided by @gewandhausorchester
  • Tanglewood in the City returns to Boston Common on July 13! More info at
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  • On this week's 5 Fast Facts: Amanda Beaudoin, Senior Graphic Designer. Join us every Wednesday for a new episode!
  • Today’s #Fenway #Porchfest featured a brass quintet of @thebostonpops players and Boston City Singers on the steps of Symphony Hall! 🎼🎼
  • Actor and friend Will Lebow shared his 5 Fast Facts last December. He is joining @thebostonpops this weekend for "West Side Story" in concert!
  • Bramwell Tovey leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein and Sibelius on August 4 at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival! • • • Tickets now available at • • • #classical #bosarts #intheberkshires #tanglewood #musicfestival
  • The BSO open the summer season at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival on July 6. Explore the season: #tanglewood #intheberkshires #classicalmusic #andrisnelsons #bsoeverywhere #bsosummer
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  • This week's episode of 5 Fast Facts features Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, Thomas Wilkins! See him conduct @thebostonpops May 22-25!
  • A sign that #summer is on the way! The @tanglewoodmusicfestival crew is opening up the Shed today. The BSO kick off the #Tanglewood season July 6!
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  • Tuesday night was an exciting night at Symphony Hall! BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink led the orchestra in an All-Brahms program featuring pianist Emanuel Ax along with Blaise Déjardin making his debut as principal cellist. •• •• The program runs again on May 3 & 5 at Symphony Hall. #bso1718 #bsobrahms 📷: @treborserrot
  • Here are a few more photos from Tuesday night’s all-Brahms program featuring Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax. . The concert repeats tonight and Saturday! Visit for tickets! 📷: @treborserrot
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  • On this week's episode of 5 Fast Facts we chat with Director of Retail Operations, Roberta Kennedy. Get to know our players, staff, guests, and friends a little bit better and tune in every Wednesday! #5fastfacts #fivefastfacts
  • This week, don’t miss BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink. He conducts an all-Brahms program beginning tonight. #bso1718 #bsobrahms
  • July 8, @andrisnelsons conducts #Brahms and #Shostakovich featuring Rudolf Buchbinder at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival. . Plan your summer trip to Tanglewood
  • Vadim Gluzman performed Brahms’s Violin Concerto with guest conductor Tugan Sokhiev and the BSO last night. Come see repeat performances this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.! Tickets still available at 📷: Hilary Scott
  • This summer, at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival: Inspired by @leonardbernsteinofficial’s pioneering work as an educator, the BSO and @andrisnelsons present "Young People's Concert" on August 10 designed especially for young audiences and their families. •• •• Reserve seats for the whole family at •• •• Following in the great tradition of her father, Jamie Bernstein will be the evening's host and presenter.