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.

  • Today, we kick off a week of celebration for our own @andrisnelsons! Did you know, when Maestro Nelsons was about 16 years old, he and some musician friends had a secret arrangement with their high school janitor – they would sometimes stay overnight in the high school building in order to get in more practice during the early hours of the day.
  • This week, #Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 opened the program. Please enjoy this clip of Thursday evening's performance. #bso1819
  • Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood (DVD and Blu-Ray) is now available for pre-sale! Order your copy today at #leonardbernstein #leonardbernsteinat100 #bernsteinat100 @leonardbernsteinofficial
  • Join in the fun of today's rehearsal and make sure you have tickets to the program starting Thursday! #bso1819 #tchaikovsky
  • Awesome photo, @tobyoft! #Repost @tobyoft with @get_repost ・・・ On the way to work this morning and the light said, “PLAY WITH ME!!”
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. brings music to the lives of millions every year through performances at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, national and international tours, recordings, and community concerts across Massachusetts. Help keep the music playing and show your support this #GivingTuesday, November 27:
  • #Leipzig Week in Boston returns beginning November 25! Explore the full week of activities and performances at #BSOGHO
  • Enjoy this clip from last night's American premiere of English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield." This program repeats Saturday and Tuesday evening #bso1819
  • Orchestra members are getting into the Halloween spirit! Rachel Childers dressed up as fellow horn player Michael Winter! Happy #Halloween 🎃
  • Congratulation to our maestro! #Repost @andrisnelsons with @get_repost ・・・ I am very honoured to have received the OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Michael Ellis, on behalf of her Majesty the Queen. . . . #OBE #award #London #orderofthebritishempire #wow #music #latvia #musicisuniversal
  • ‪Keep an eye out as you explore #Boston for the BSO wrapped Trolley! ‬ #bsoeverywhere
  • #Repost @blaisedejardin with @get_repost ・・・ From the Chamber Players concert last Sunday with Garrick Ohlsson. Haydn Piano Trio and Brahms Piano Quintet. 📷@treborserrot
  • Pumped for our first Mahler 2 in a few minutes! #bsoeverywhere #gustavmahler #symphonyhallboston
  • I’m back for a second day of my Insta takeover! Ever wonder what goes into the maintenance of our instruments? Well even if you haven’t, here’s principal timpanist, Tim Genis, spraying the lip of a drum with teflon before a new head gets mounted. #bsoeverywhere #timpani #instatakeover
  • BSO Percussionist, Kyle Brightwell, gettin’ after it on the low octave chimes! These instruments are only heard in the final minutes of the symphony. #bsoeverywhere #chimes #acrobatics #crossfit
  • Closing out my Insta takeover with a shot of me and the boss after today’s concert- hope you’ve enjoyed and join us Tuesday if you haven’t heard this Mahler yet!! #bsoeverywhere #andrisnelsons #gustavmahler
  • Hey! My name is Dan Bauch and I’m the assistant timpanist and percussionist with the BSO. I’ve taken over for a day or so and this is me trying to figure out how to sign out of my personal Instagram account. @jzharp helped me figure it out...
  • We’re halfway through our dress rehearsal of Mahler’s 2nd symphony. Here’s a quick tour of the percussion section #bsoeverywhere #instatakeover #tourdepercussion
  • Throwback to last night when a few of us were on the field playing the anthem. Points if you can guess who caught the fly ball in the top of the fifth...Andrew Benintendi or BSO trumpet Michael Martin? Photo by the Globe’s Jim Davis #bsoeverywhere #mikemartineverywhere #bsoatfenway #redsoxnation
  • One down, three to go! Red Sox Nation, this one’s for you. We challenge @gustavodudamel and the @laphil to show us their best theme song. Let’s go @redsox! #dodamage
  • Go Sox! #Repost @995wcrb with @get_repost ・・・ Alright, @redsox! We're counting on you, and so is @andrisnelsons! Let's show the @dodgers who's boss. #Boston #GoSox #DirtyWater . . . 📷AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File
  • BSO Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur led the orchestra last night in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. The program also included Harbison's Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra) and excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. The program continues at Symphony Hall until October 23. For more info & tickets visit 📸: Robert Torres
  • Enjoy this clip of Ken-David #Masur leading the BSO in #Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" from last night. Tickets still available for additional performances at #bso1819
  • "What I Hear" performance featuring Andris Dzenītis at @necmusic's Williams Hall is coming up on November 8. Learn more & RSVP at
  • On this week's 5 Fast Facts, it's user support specialist Brian Van Sickle. Tune in every week for new episodes.
  • BSO Music Director @andrisnelsons conducts #Mahler's all-embracing ninety-minute Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection", featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, along with Chinese soprano Ying Fang and Argentine-born mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink. October 25-30 #bso1819
  • This Wednesday: #BSO101 Are You Listening? returns! This session: Exploring What’s New! An overview of unusual and new repertoire featured in the BSO’s 2018-19 subscription season, ranging from J.S. Bach’s rarely heard Christmas Oratorio to the world premiere of a newly commissioned piano concerto by BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès.
  • Now available: 2018-19 Flex Pass books contain three vouchers that you can redeem any time up to the performance itself! Learn more: #bso1819 #bsoflexpass #poweredbymusic
  • ‪From tonight's season opening performance, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. #bso1819‬ ‪This program repeats Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. Tickets available at
  • The BSO opened its 2018-19 season last night with conductor @hannulintu Lintu (in his BSO debut). The program included Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Come see repeat performances today at 1:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 8 p.m.! 📷: Hilary Scott #bso1819 #bostonsymphony
  • The BSO and @andrisnelsons give the American premiere of #Latvian composer Andris #Dzenītis's orchestral work "Māra", a BSO co-commission with the Gewandhausorchester of Leipzig. November 8-13 #bso1819
  • On today's episode of 5 Fast Facts, we chat with John Stanton, the Venue and Events Manager. Look for new episodes every week!
  • Conductor @hannulintu leads the BSO in rehearsal of the opening program of the season! Get your tickets today! #bso1819
  • The Boston Symphony Chamber Players kick off their season on October 21 at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. Tickets available at #bso1819
  • The English composer Edward Elgar's tour-de-force of orchestral and expressive imagination, the "Enigma" Variations, is a series of widely varied portraits of his friends via transformations of a common musical theme. On the program starting November 1. #bso1819
  • This October, join conductors Hannu Lintu, Ken-David Masur, and Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall. #bso1819
  • On today's episode of 5 Fast Facts, it's our friend and @995wcrb host, Ron Della Chiesa! Look for new episodes every week!
  • Opening the program October 18-23, is John Harbison's Jazz Age-flavored foxtrot "Remembering Gatsby". This is one of several #Harbison works this season celebrating the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston-based composer's 80th birthday year. Get your seats today at #bso1818
  • Don’t miss today FREE Concert and Community Arts Festival at Franklin Park! #Repost @thebostonpops with @get_repost ・・・ We are getting ready for a special free concert at Franklin Park! Follow along in our stories or join us in person! Location: The Playstead at Franklin Park #franklinparkmusic #franklinparkconcert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler's all-embracing ninety-minute Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection", featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, along with Chinese soprano Ying Fang and Argentine-born mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink. Reserve your tickets: October 25! #bso1819
  • Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in the American premiere of the first of several BSO co-commissions this season, English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield". Save your seats starting November 1: #bso1819
  • On today’s episode of 5 Fast Facts, it’s BSO violist, Kathryn Sievers! Tune in every week for new episodes.
  • Our music director @andrisnelsons is so enthusiastic about the upcoming season he wants you to bring a friend. Help make his wish come true! For a limited time we are offering buy one, get one free tickets to concerts from Oct 11-23! for more information. #bogo #bso1819
  • Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings has been added to the program on October 11-13. Reserve your seats for the first subscription concerts of the season! #bso1819
  • Don’t miss this FREE event on September 30! #Repost @thebostonpops with @get_repost ・・・ Pack a picnic and head to Franklin Park on September 30 for the FREE Concert and Community Arts Festival starting at 1pm! Location: The Playstead at Franklin Park, 25 Pierpont Road, Dorchester. More info at 📸 @aramphoto
  • #Repost @berlinerfestspiele with @get_repost ・・・ Detail shot taken during the concert of the @bostonsymphony orchestra and the choir of @gewandhausorchester with @andrisnelsons during Musikfest Berlin 2018. #andrisnelsons #bostonsymphony #bostonsymphonyorchestra #gewandhaus #gewandhauschor #detailshot #berlinphilharmonic #philharmonieberlin #musikfestbln #berlinerfestspiele #kulturforum #großersaal #berlinerphilharmonie Photo: @adamjanisch
  • Step into Symphony Hall and discover the season. Performances begin October 11. #bso1819
  • BSO associate principal horn Richard Sebring became the proud owner of a new carbon fiber Swiss alphorn while in #Lucerne during the BSO’s European tour. Here he is testing it out in Lucerne last week. #bsoeverywhere
  • Please note- our website will be down for a short time today, from 11:30-12:30. Please call SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 for ticket purchases or questions during this time.
  • Here are some great photos by photographer @marcoborggreve1965 from the BSO’s final European tour performance at the @concertgebouw in #Amsterdam on Monday. #bsoeverywhere
  • The @bostonsymphony performed at the @philharmoniedeparis on Saturday and Sunday. Here are some shots of the musicians getting ready for the performance on Sunday. 📷: Frédéric Stucin
  • #bsoeverywhere #Repost @lucernefestival with @get_repost ・・・ Two wonderful concerts with the @bostonsymphony orchestra and conductor @andrisnelsons. A short excerpt of the concert with violinist Baiba Skride (Bernstein‘s „Serenade“, after Plato's Symposium, for solo violin, strings and percussion) 🎶👏🎶 _______________________________ #lucernefestival #summmerfestival2018 #leonardbernstein #100anniversary #violin #baibaskride
  • On today's episode of 5 Fast Facts we speak with the assistant director of Public Relations, Taryn Lott. Tune in every week for new episodes.
  • #bsoeverywhere #Repost @tobyoft with @get_repost ・・・ View from my chair in the Golden Hall - Ready for Shosty at tonight!! #trombone #venue #concertphotography
  • #bsoeverywhere #Repost @andrisnelsons with @get_repost ・・・ Two concerts in a row at the wonderful Musikverein Wien. 🎶 🇦🇹Tonight, violinist Baiba Skride will join the BSO and me on stage in Vienna to perform Lenny Bernstein’s Serenade, followed by Shostakovich Symphony No. 4. Let me know if you will join us and leave a comment below. . . . #vienna #austria #musikverein #BSO #bostonsymphonyorchestra #baibaskride #violin #andrisnelsons #bernstein #shostakovich #bernsteinat100 #meinverein #allesgoldwasglänzt #bsoeverywhere #bsotour2018 #baton #conductor
  • #Repost @ewsiders with @get_repost ・・・ Concert #6 #musikverein #bsoeverywhere #vienna
  • The BSO European Tour is in full swing! Principal Trombonist Toby Oft has been capturing his behind-the-scenes view of the journey across Europe starting with a performance at Royal Albert Hall in London last Sunday, led my BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. 📸: @tobyoft
  • BSO Principal Trombone Toby Oft shares more of his journey with the Orchestra on the 2018 European Tour. Led by BSO Music Director @andrisnelsons, the Orchestra performed at @elbphilharmonie in Hamburg last night as their first stop on a four-day trip across Germany. 📸: @tobyoft
  • #Repost @995wcrb with @get_repost ・・・ Look what one of our @wgbh colleagues found in the attic! This is for a @bostonsymphony concert series at the #hatchshell in 1944. #tbt #throwbackthursday
  • #bsoeverywhere #Repost @blaisedejardin with @get_repost ・・・ BSO Cello trunks atop the ElbPhilarmonie.
  • #bsoeverywhere #Repost @blaisedejardin with @get_repost ・・・ First solo bow at the Proms! A treat to share a duo with the wonderful Baiba Skride on this @bostonsymphony tour in Bernstein’ Serenade. I first came to the @bbc_proms about 17 years ago with Haitink and the @euyorch for Mahler 6. Funny where life leads you. Feeling very lucky!
  • @andrisnelsons and the @bostonsymphony kicked off their 2018 European Tour yesterday at @royalalberthall as part of the @bbc_proms, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Susan Graham. #bsoeverywhere 📷: Chris Christodoulou