The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the five major American symphony orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five". Founded in 1881, the BSO plays most of its concerts at Boston's Symphony Hall and in the summer performs at Tanglewood.

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  • Video Podcast: Beethoven Symphony Number 9
    For the second year in a row, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Sunday, August 27. The performance features soprano Katie Van Kooten in her BSO and Tanglewood debuts; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford; tenor Russell Thomas; and bass-baritone John Relyea, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Video Podcas...
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  • New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists - Episode 1 (7/21)
    This summer-long web video series spotlights the professional and personal lives of six Fellows from the 2014 class of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's prestigious summer music academy that takes place at Tanglewood, one of the world's most preeminent summer music festivals, located in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. Designed to give viewers a behind the scenes view ...
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  • Brahms Double Concerto
    Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein in a performance o fthe Brahms Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra at Tanglewood on Friday, August 11, 2017.
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  • Rite of Spring
    Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" at Tanglewood on Friday, August 11.
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  • Video Podcast: STRAUSS - "An Alpine Symphony"
    Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert on Sunday, August 20, in the Shed at Tanglewood. Strauss's large-scale "An Alpine Symphony", the composer's last tone poem, depicting an eleven-hour hike of an Alpine mountain, closes the program. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: BRAHMS - Symphony No. 2
    On Friday, August 18, conductor David Afkham leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Tanglewood. Mr. Afkham also leads the BSO in Brahms's energetic Symphony No. 2. Patrons will hear comments about this program from BSO Principal Trombone Toby Oft. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"
    On August 11 at Tanglewood, Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads the BSO in Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", the score to an intensely dramatic ballet and on its own some of the most dramatic music ever written. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: Schubert's Symphony in C, "The Great"
    On Sunday, August 13, young Israeli conductor Lahav Shani makes his BSO debut on a program featuring Tanglewood regular, violinist Joshua Bell. Mr. Shani also leads the BSO in Schubert's Symphony in C, "The Great". The composer's ultimate symphony (in both senses of the word: it is his biggest and last work in the genre), the C major was famously praised for its "heavenly length" by Robert Schuma...
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  • Video Podcast: Beethoven's 7th Symphony
    Conductor Juanjo Mena leads the BSO Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, one of the composer's most popular works on August 12 at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: Schumann Symphony No. 2
    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Tanglewood Shed on Sunday, August 6, with David Zinman on a program featuring two works by Schumann inlcuding the elevating Symphony No. 2 in C, the longest of the composer's four symphonies. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
    On Saturday, August 5 in Tanglewood, the latter half of the program features one of the best-known musical works inspired by Shakespeare-Mendelssohn's incidental music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"-in a specially designed production adapted by stage director Bill Barclay, which received its world premiere with the BSO at Symphony Hall in Boston in early 2016 as part of the BSO's three-week Shake...
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  • Video Podcast: Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3
    On Friday, August 4 in Tanglewood, Maestro Hans Graf leads the BSO in Rachmaninoff's melancholic Symphony No. 3, the composer's final work in the genre, written almost 30 years after his second. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"
    On Friday, July 28 in Tanglewood, Charles Dutoit is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer's most barnstorming, free-spirited works. The BSO opens the program with the Overture to Beethoven's "The Creatures of Prometheus". Mr. Dutoit also leads the orchestra in Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: BERLIOZ "Te Deum"
    On Saturday, July 29 in Tanglewood Mr. Dutoit is joined by Pierre-Laurent Aimard for Ravel's Piano Concerto for the left hand, a piece written in 1929 and 1930 for Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. Mr. Dutoit also leads the BSO in two works by Berlioz's monumental "Te Deum", featuring tenor Paul Groves and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Video produced ...
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  • Video Podcast: Walton's Belshazzar's Feast
    Violinist Pinchas Zukerman returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 30, for a performance of Beethoven's lyrical Violin Concerto with the BSO and English conductor Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Tovey and the BSO are then joined by bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast". An incredibly ambitious oratorio written for a large-scale orchestra including t...
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  • Video Podcast: TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
    On July 21 in Tanglewood, Captivating French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the BSO and conductor Gustavo Gimeno-who returns to the Tanglewood podium after making his debut with the orchestra last summer-for Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety", a piece dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the BSO in 1949. Mr. Gimeno also leads the BSO in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. V...
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  • Video Podcast: TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
    On Sunday, July 23 in Tanglewood, BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur is joined by Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev's sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Masur opens the afternoon program with Aaron Jay Kernis's airy and moving Musica Celestis ("Heavenly Music"), written by the Grawemeyer Award-winning composer in 2000. Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, Little ...
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  • Video Podcast: BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
    BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès opens the Saturday, July 22 Tanglewood BSO program leading his own "…but all shall be well," a piece inspired by lines from T.S. Eliot's quotation of Julian of Norwich in Four Quartets: "Sin is Behovely, but All shall be well, and All manner of thing shall be well." The program also features Emanuel Ax in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor", the last and mo...
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Beethoven 6th Symphony "Pastoral"
    March 23-25, French conductor François-Xavier Roth leads the BSO in a program that includes Beethoven 6th Symphony "Pastoral". It is Beethoven's only explicitly programmatic symphony, a fundamentally cheerful work illustrating a sojourn in the countryside. Learn more with this video podcast.
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Beethoven Seventh Symphony
    On March 16-21, 2017, BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads the BSO in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, which premiered at the end of 1813. It has been an audience favorite ever since. Wagner called it "the apotheosis of the dance"; its entrancing second-movement Allegretto, one of the most familiar movements in Beethoven's symphonies, was encored in its first performances.
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Busoni's Piano Concerto
    Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo and Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein return to Symphony Hall on March 10 and 11, 2017, joining the BSO and the men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the visionary Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni's monumental Piano Concerto, a fascinating but rarely heard work of Mahlerian scope dating from the first years of the 20th century. These are the first BSO performances...
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  • BSO Video Podcast Shostakovich's Symphony No 7 "Leningrad"
    Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony, Leningrad, as a tribute to the peoples' fortitude in the face of the German Army's long and destructive siege of that city during World War II. Serge Koussevitzky led the first U.S. concert performances of the piece with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in August 1942, following the NBC Symphony's radio broadcast premiere under Toscanini the previous m...
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  • BSO Video Podcast: LALO - Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra
    French conductor Alain Altinoglu, making his BSO debut, leads this all-French program and is joined by his countryman, the violinist Renaud Capuçon, for Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, written for the great Spanish virtuoso Sarasate in 1874 and a brilliant concerto in all but name. For tickets visit, www.bso.org
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  • Video Podcast: Wagner's "Das Rheingold"
    On Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Tanglewood, Maestro Nelsons leads the BSO in one of the great highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season: the festival's first-ever complete concert performance of Wagner's epic "Das Rheingold", the first of the four dramas from Wagner's masterpiece "Der Ring des Nibelungen". The performance features a cast of all-star vocal soloists among the most respected for these r...
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  • Video Podcast: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21
    Andris Nelsons opens the weekend on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Tanglewood, with a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467, featuring Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique"
    Closing out the weekend on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Tanglewood, Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by violinist Anne Sophie Mutter. Berlioz's dazzling "Symphonie fantastique" completes the program. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Video Podcast: Mahler 4
    Andris Nelsons returns to the podium at Tanglewood for his second concert of the season on Sunday, July 9, 2017, for an afternoon program and Mr. Nelsons' second Mahler symphony of the weekend-Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Kristine Opolais. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.

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