Nelsons and the BSO Announce 2014-2015


Mar. 5, 2014



For the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season incoming Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead 10 programs, enriching connections between his musical personality and the BSO's own identity.



In a press conference at Symphony Hall today, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony announced plans for an inaugural season together. In this first year of their relationship, between September 2014 and April 2015, Nelsons will work with some of his own favorite collaborators and with important figures on the local music scene. With this approach the BSO hopes to draw the orchestra and conductor closer together in developing a common vision of what the Boston Symphony Orchestra will mean to audiences in the coming years.

The season schedule also calls for the return of guest conductors who provided a foundation for the orchestra's work during the last three years of transition following the departure of former Music Director James Levine. They include Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink, who will lead two programs, as will Christoph von Dohnányi and Charles Dutoit.

In addition, the orchestra will welcome more recently embraced guest conductors like Christian Zacharias, Stéphane Denève, Vladimir Jurowski, and Leonidas Kavakos, each of whom leads a program designed to highlight his unique relationship with the orchestra.

As in any season, guest artists will play a large role in defining the experience of the audience, including perennial favorites like cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Emanuel Ax.

Continuing a central mission of the BSO as established by legendary Music Director Serge Koussevitzky in the first half of the 20th Century, several premieres of BSO commissions will be featured throughout the season. Andris Nelsons will conduct two of those commissions, one by Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi and the other by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds.

For complete information about the BSO's 2014-2015 season, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and see more detailed higlights below.


Andris Nelsons in concert at Tanglewood
Andris Nelsons
(credit Hilary Scott, courtesy of the BSO)
Andris Nelsons, the new Music Director of the BSO will conduct 10 programs:
  • Sept. 27 - a gala concert featuring opera selections with soprano Kristine Opolais (Nelsons's wife) and tenor Jonas Kaufmann
  • Oct. 1-3 - an all-orchestra program including Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin, and Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony
  • Nov. 6-11 - Gubaidulina's Offertorium, with Latvian violinist (and long-time friend of Nelsons) Baiba Skride, and the Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius
  • Nov. 13-18 - Tchaikovsky's Hamlet, the American premiere of Brett Dean's Dramatis personae, with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
  • Nov. 20-22 - works by Harbison, Prokofiev, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Rachmaninoff, and the world premiere of a work for chorus and orchestra by Eriks Esenvalds
  • Jan. 8-10 - works by Brahms, Haydn, and Richard Strauss, with cellist Gautier Capucon
  • Jan. 15-17 - Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, with pianist Lars Vogt, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7
  • Mar. 26-31 - the world premiere of a piece for organ and orchestra by Michael Gandolfi, featuring soloist Olivier Latry, and Mahler's Symphony No. 6
  • Apr 2-4 - Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with soloist Christian Tetzlaff, and the Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich
  • Apr. 9-14 - Gunther Schuller's Dreamscape, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, with soloist Richard Goode, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben
Bernard Haitink
Bernard Haitink
(credit Matthias Creutziger)
Concerts with Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink
  • Apr. 23-28 - Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, and Haitink conducts Ravel's Mother Goose, Three Studies from Couperin by Adès, and Mozart's Symphony No. 36, the Linz
  • Apr. 30-May 2 - Pianist Maria João Pires plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, and Haitink conducts Schumann's Manfred Overture and Brahms's Symphony No. 1
Charles Dutoit
Charles Dutoit
(courtesy of the Verbier Festival)
Concerts with conductor Charles Dutoit
  • Feb. 26-Mar. 3 - Violinist Julia Fischer is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Brahms, and Dutoit conducts Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks and Debussy's Images
  • March 5-7 - Dutoit conducts Karel Szymanowski's opera King Roger
Christoph von Dohnanyi
Christoph von Dohnányi
(courtesy of the BSO)
Concerts with conductor Christoph von Dohnányi
  • Mar. 12-17 - Pianist Emanuel Ax plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 and Richard Strauss's Burleske, and Dohnányi conducts Strauss's Sextet from Capriccio and Mozart's Symphony No. 35, the Haffner
  • March 19-21 - the final three symphonies by Mozart: Nos. 39, 40, and 41, the Jupiter
Christian Zacharias
Christian Zacharias
(courtesy of the BSO)
Christian Zacharias
  • Oct. 9-11 - The pianist and conductor performs music from Schubert's Rosamunde and Symphony No. 8, the Unfinished, as well as Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17
Vladimir Jurowski
Vladimir Jurowski
(credit Roman Gontcharov)
Vladimir Jurowski
  • Feb. 12-14 - The Russian conductor leads the orchestra in three pieces by Liadov and Stravinsky's complete Firebird, as well as a world premiere of a work for piano and orchestra by Harrison Birtwhistle with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Stephane Deneve
Stéphane Denève
(courtesy of the BSO)
Stéphane Denève
  • Feb. 19-21 - The French conductor leads the orchestra in Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist James Ehnes, Milhaud's The Creation of the World, and Poulenc's Les Biches
  For more details, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.



WGBH's Jared Bowen and WCRB's Brian McCreath talk about Andris Nelsons and the 2014-2015 BSO season with Emily Rooney on Greater Boston:







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