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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  • Renowned Massachusetts-born Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Symphony Hall stage with a trio of Mozart symphonies. Composed in 1780 for an unknown occasion, the three-movement No. 34 in C major was the last symphony Mozart completed in Salzburg before relocating permanently to Vienna. The story of his Linz Symphony, No. 36, is one of those illustrating his surpassing genius. Pas...

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  • February 15-17 features an all-French program featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Closing the program is a work that's long been a staple of the BSO repertoire, Ravel's ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, a tourde- force of orchestral coloration and dramatic atmosphere the composer felt was one of his best works. These concerts mark the 90th anniversary of Ravel's conducting the BSO while visiting ...

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  • This excitingly varied, Leipzig-centric program-the BSO's first "Leipzig Week in Boston"-celebrates Andris Nelsons and the BSO's compelling new collaboration with the venerable Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra by featuring three composers strongly associated with that city. Closing the concert is the deeply Romantic Scottish Symphony of Felix Mendelssohn, who was music director of the Gewandhaus from ...

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  • The BSO presents one of Shostakovich's most unusual symphonies, No. 14, which continues the BSO's complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies being recorded for future release on Deutsche Grammophon. Composed in 1969 and dedicated to Benjamin Britten, No. 14 requires the smallest instrumental forces of any Shostakovich symphony-string orchestra with ten percussionists. Performed February 1-3, 2018...

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  • The outstanding American mezzo Susan Graham joins Andris Nelsons, the BSO, and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Mahler's Third Symphony, which, along with his Symphony No. 2, exemplifies the composer's ambitious expansion of the symphonic genre. This is the second of Mahler's trio of "Wunderhorn" symphonies (Nos. 2-4) employing text from the folk-poetry collection "Des Knaben Wunder...

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  • Two cornerstones of the repertoire anchor the Boston Symphony's January 4-9 program. The young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is soloist in one of Mozart's most familiar concertos, No. 21 in C, an elegant, good-natured work written and premiered in Vienna in spring 1785. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is the concerto's polar opposite in mood, a stormy struggle against destiny with a well-earned ...

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  • BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons returns to Symphony Hall for three concerts Tuesday, November 21- Saturday, November 25, in continuation of his survey of the complete symphonies of Bruckner with the orchestra. Having previously performed the composer's Third, Sixth, and Seventh symphonies together, Maestro Nelsons and the BSO take on the Symphony No. 4, Romantic, in these concerts. Marked by the...

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  • Eminent Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and leading interpreter of French music, continues his multi-season series of programs with the BSO featuring the pinnacles of the French repertoire Thursday, October 26-Saturday, October 28 with three performances of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust (sung in French with English supertitles). Defying clear c...

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  • The young, Berlin-born pianist Martin Helmchen, who made his BSO debut in 2011 at Tanglewood with Schumann's Piano Concerto and his subscription series debut in 2015 with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, is now featured in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, which pays homage to Mozart and Haydn while also exhibiting Beethoven's own intense individuality. Performed at Symphony Hall: Nove...

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  • BSO Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur leads four very special performances Thursday, October 19- Tuesday, October 24 of the incidental music Edvard Grieg wrote for Henrik Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt". Extremely popular and well-known in the context of the two concert suites Grieg constructed later, this music is rarely heard in its original, complete form. (Its last complete BSO performances were le...

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  • Outstanding American violinist Hilary Hahn returns to Symphony Hall for her first appearances with the BSO since 2010 in three performances of Dvořák's Violin Concerto Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14. Conducting the concerts is Spanish-born maestro and music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg Gustavo Gimeno, who makes his Symphony Hall debut. The program features Robe...

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  • The BSO and Andris Nelsons continue their multi-year survey of the complete Shostakovich symphonies with his Symphony No. 11, which the BSO has never performed. Conceived to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first, failed Russian Revolution (thus the nickname The Year 1905), it was completed in 1957 and earned Shostakovich the prestigious Lenin Prize, a sign of considerable official approval...

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  • Franz Joseph Haydn and Gustav Mahler defined the genre of the symphony during their respective eras- Haydn as one of its originators in the late 18th-century Classical era, and Mahler as revitalizer and innovator at the end of the Romantic era. Haydn's Drumroll Symphony-not performed by the BSO since 1995-was the next-to-last symphony he wrote, in the first half of the 1790s. Written nearly 100 ye...

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  • In several concerts this season the BSO celebrates the centennial of the great Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor, Broadway and concert composer, pianist, educator, and personality whose talent changed the course of American music. Born in Lawrence, MA, in 1918, Bernstein attended Boston Latin School and Harvard University. A member of the very first class of the Tanglewood Music Center in...

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  • Rachmaninoff's lush Symphony No. 2, composed between the Second and Third piano concertos. With its lyrical excursions reminiscent of the arching, lovely melodies in his piano concertos and songs, it has long been the most popular of the composer's three symphonies. Performed October 5-7, 2017 at Symphony Hall Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.

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  • 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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  • 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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