Following the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s triumphant sold out performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony on April 14, conductor Benjamin Zander now turns his attention to the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony on Sunday, April 23 at 3pm in Symphony Hall.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 is today universally recognized as one of the most powerful pieces ever written. Conductor Benjamin Zander attests that “hearing a live performance of this vast and profoundly moving work is a communal experience, shared by the audience, the orchestra, the soloists, the chorus, and the awe-inspiring offstage horns and trumpets, which are positioned around the ha...
This past weekend’s Boston Philharmonic Orchestra performances paired the refinement of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the existential confrontation of Bruckner's Ninth.
The latent mysteries and tantalizing possibilities in classical music’s unfinished works have fascinated and confounded musicians and scholars since Mozart’s incomplete Requiem became legend.
February 23-26, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra will take on the monumental, yet unfinished, Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner.
"Gandolfi’s intoxicating potpourri of themes, emotions, colors and effects inspired the players to strut along with a conductor in his second or third youth." Corps to Concerti: BPYO Struts for ZanderThe Boston Musical Intelligencer
Don Davis was a “hot” 21-year-old trombone student at NEC when he joined the Boston Civic Symphony in 1978, after which he became a charter member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and played principal trombone for all of its 38 years.
This past weekend’s Boston Philharmonic Orchestra performances provided both excitement and reflection with a program of French and English music featuring cellist Zuill Bailey.
“I HAD TO KEEP ASKING MYSELF IN WHAT WAYS THIS SPECTACULAR ENSEMBLE FELL SHORT OF MAJOR ORCHESTRA STANDARDS, BUT IN THE AFTERGLOW OF AN UNBELIEVABLE ACHIEVEMENT FROM EVERY SECTION AND EVERY SOLOIST, THAT WILL HAVE TO REMAIN AN UNANSWERED QUESTION.”-Lee Eisman
"The Rachmaninoff soloist was...Ya-Fei Chuang, and her performance would surely have made the composer proud. Her touch was firm, and so was her sense of rhythm, but she played with delicacy and color"
Conductor Benjamin Zander shares his thoughts on the artists and repertoire of the Boston Philharmonic's all-Russian concert to open the 2016/2017 Season. For tickets to this weekend's concerts, click here.
Rachmaninoff wrote the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini between 3 July and 18 August 1934. The first performance was given on 7 November 1934 in Baltimore, Maryland, with the composer as soloist and Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Solo piano, two flutes and piccolo, two oboes and English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpet...
Light blinds. To see—we turn away. Our eyes hold all images inverted. Every day a new Icarus kills himself. I have been fascinated by the myth of Icarus. As a child, I lived in ancient Greece. The book of myths was my favorite and the world of jealous gods and god-lik...