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Encore Broadcasts from the 2014-2015 Season

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As the BSO tours European musical capitols in August and September, WCRB brings you highlights of the past season, as chosen by you! In July we asked you which concerts from the 2014-2015 season were your favorites. Hear them each Saturday at 8pm, with host Ron Della Chiesa. See the schedule is below.

(image: custom engraving on the Boston Symphony's tuba bell)


Julia Fischer

Saturday, August 29

Julia Fischer is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dutoit conducts Igor Stravinksy's Dumbarton Oaks and Claude Debussy's Images.

(from Feb. 28, 2015)

Ken-David Masur

Saturday, September 5

Ken-David Masur conducts the BSO in Hector Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture, the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns, with soloist Johannes Moser, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's dazzling Scheherezade.

(from Jan. 24, 2015)

Marcelo Lehninger

Saturday, September 12

BSO Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K. 297b, featuring BSO soloists, Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos, with soprano Nicole Cabell, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

(from Sept. 20, 2014)

Yo-Yo Ma

Saturday, September 19

Yo-Yo Ma is the soloist in Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra, and Andris Nelsons conducts Harbison's Koussevitzky Said, Rachmaninoff's The Bells, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a world premiere by Eriks Ešenvalds.

(from Nov. 22, 2014)

Jonas Kaufman, Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons

Saturday, September 26

In his first concert as BSO Music Director, Andris Nelsons conducts excerpts from operas by Wagner, Puccini, and Mascagni, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, as well as Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Respighi's The Pines of Rome.

(from Sept. 27, 2014)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season

Andris Nelsons

The second year of the partnership of Music Director Andris Nelsons and the BSO is marked by an extensive concert and recording project centered on music by Shostakovich, thematic programs that celebrate Shakespeare, new works that highlight the compositional voices of our time, and several appearances by favorite guest artists and conductors.

Here are some highlights of the season:

Opening Weekend
The first concerts of the season (Oct. 1-3) consist of an All-Russian program that includes Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Evgeny Kissin and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow
This multi-year concert and recording initiative with Music Director Andris Nelsons, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, includes, during the coming season, Dmitri Shostakovich's

  • Symphony No. 9 (Oct. 1-3),
  • Symphony No. 5 (Nov. 19-21),
  • Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Symphony No. 8 (Mar. 24-29).

Celebrating William Shakespeare
For the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Andris Nelsons conducts three programs of thematic concerts that include

  • Weber's Oberon Overture, Henze's Symphony No. 8, and Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan. 28-Feb. 2),
  • Shostakovich's Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, Abrahamsen's let me tell you, and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Strauss's Macbeth, Dvorák's Othello Overture, the world premiere of Sonnets, Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, by George Tsontakis (featuring BSO English horn soloist Robert Sheena), and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 11-13).

Strauss's Elektra
With many of the same voices that made Strauss's Salome a highlight of 2014, Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss's equally devastating Elektra (Oct. 15 & 17).

Music of Our Time
Continuing the BSO's legacy of showcasing new music, Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in the BSO co-commissioned Divisions, by Sebastian Currier, and the  American premiere of Giya Kancheli’s Dixi for chorus and orchestra, featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

In addition, Ken-David Masur conducts the American premiere of Unsuk Chin's Mannequin, Stéphane Denève conducts Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral and the Violin Concerto by John Williams (with soloist Gil Shaham), and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the world premiere of Frédéric Neuburger's Aube, a BSO commission.

Guest Soloists and Conductors
Many of the BSO's most inspired collaborators return during 2015-2016, including conductors Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Stéphane Denève, and Vladimir Jurowski. And guest soloists include, among many others, pianists Murray Perahia, Paul Lewis, and Garrick Ohlsson, violinists Gil Shaham and Isabelle Faust, and soprano Reneé Fleming.

For more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office.

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