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.

  • 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
  • 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 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 #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
  • 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:
  • 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 📸 @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
  • 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 📸 @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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: AND Boston:
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 You can also stream live on
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Soprano @kristine.opolais joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Verdi's Requiem July 13, conducted by Andris Nelsons. Reserve your seat today at
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • On July 5, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra make their debut for the summer season at Tanglewood! Tickets can be purchased at
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • We are so humbled to have been nominated for Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year Award! To cast your vote, go to
  • On August 2, Ken-David Masur conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program of Martinů and Dvořák featuring violinist Joshua Bell. Visit 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:
  • 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. for more info.
  • 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!
  • The @tanglewoodmusicfestival’s Family Fun Fest returns as part of the @highlandstreetfoundation’s Free Fun Fridays program August 2! RSVP at
  • The creation of a handmade flute is on full display in the August 21 TLI Meet the Makers session at the @tanglewoodmusicfestival featuring flute head joint maker Aiven O’Leary and artist in residence Alan Weiss from the William S. Haynes Company. Reserve your seats at
  • Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) Cinematics and ShopTalks series single tickets on sale now! Explore the programming at
  • 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!
  • @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
  • 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"
  • 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
  • Having a chat with some young composers who attended the rehearsal. #bsotakeover
  • Great rehearsal with Baiba and BSO. Such wonderful artists! #bsotakeover #sebastiancurrier