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Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
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Also sprach Richard Strauss, Renée Fleming, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 14 March 2019
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Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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A dance with past and present: Adès premieres his Piano Concerto in Boston

By , 09 March 2019
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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The healing power of faith: Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater in Boston

By , 01 March 2019
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Kristine Opolais in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the BSO © Winslow Townson
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Twilight raptures: Boulanger, Debussy and Suor Angelica with Nelsons, Opolais, and the BSO

By , 21 February 2019
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Copland's Third Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Adventures in programming: Wilson, Szymanowski and Copland with Batiashvili, Nelsons and the BSO

By , 08 February 2019
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Kaija Saariaho © Robert Torres
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Northern lights: John Storgårds leads the Boston Symphony in Saariaho, Mozart, and Sibelius

By , 25 January 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Beguiling Haydn and transcendent Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt in Boston

By , 18 January 2019
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John Harbison following the performance of his Second Symphony © Hilary Scott
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To sleep, perchance to dream? Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison's Second Symphony

By , 10 January 2019
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Shiyeon Sung © Robert Torres
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The Mendelssohns and Dvořák with Shiyeon Sung and the Boston Symphony

By , 04 January 2019
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus © Winslow Townson
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Belated Bach: Boston Symphony debuts the Christmas Oratorio

By , 30 November 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony in Beethoven © Robert Torres
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Sturm und drollery: Nelsons' Beethoven in Boston

By , 23 November 2018
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Bernarda Fink, Andris Nelsons, Ying Fang and the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Primeval Light, Redeeming Light: Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony in Mahler and Einfelde

By , 26 October 2018
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Ken-David Masur and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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Masterful Masur conducts Harbison, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev with the Boston Symphony

By , 18 October 2018
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A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

By , 11 October 2018
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Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
Boston

Brahms in the twilight: Haitink and Ax with the Boston Symphony

By , 05 May 2018
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Andris Nelsons, Camilla Nylund, Jonas Kaufmann and the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
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The light of love, the darkness of desire: all-Wagner program with Kaufmann and Nylund in Boston

By , 05 April 2018
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Yo-Yo Ma, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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An irascible Don and a Widmann première in Boston

By , 30 March 2018
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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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The triumphant alchemy of age, experience and Mozart: Herbert Blomstedt and the Boston Symphony

By , 23 February 2018
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Jacques Lacombe © Fred Stucker
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A Ravel rave with Jacques Lacombe and the Boston Symphony

By , 15 February 2018
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Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony © Michael Blanchard
Boston

Andris Nelsons leads Leipzig Week in Boston

By , 10 February 2018
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Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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More than A Little Night Music: Mozart and Shostakovich in Boston

By , 01 February 2018
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Susan Graham, Andris Nelsons and the BSO © Winslow Townson
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“What Andris Nelsons Tells Me”: Mahler’s Third in Boston

By , 19 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
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Roth charts the emergence of the modern in Boston

By , 12 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth and Benjamin Grosvenor © Aram Boghosian
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Revelatory, period-style Beethoven from François- Xavier Roth and the Boston Symphony

By , 06 January 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
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Panoramas, Potions and Prokofiev: Leonidas Kavakos, Andris Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony

By , 01 December 2017
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Rudolf Buchbinder © Philipp Horak
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Killer Bs: Beethoven, Bruckner and Buchbinder in Boston

By , 21 November 2017
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Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
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Divine fire and refulgent power: Martin Helmchen, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 17 November 2017
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Paul Groves and Charles Dutoit © Hilary Scott
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Hell and Damnation: Dutoit leads The Damnation of Faust with the Boston Symphony

By , 26 October 2017
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Caleb Mayo in Peer Gynt © Robert Torres
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Utter despair and heavenly bliss: Ken-David Masur leads the Boston Symphony in incidental music

By , 19 October 2017
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Hilary Hahn, Gustavo Gimeno and the Boston Symphony perform Dvořák © Robert Torres
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East meets West: Ligeti, Dvořák, and Schumann with Gimeno and the Boston Symphony

By , 13 October 2017
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Interplay between Gil Shaham and Andris Nelsons © Hilary Scott
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Toothsome Delights: Sierra, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with the Boston Symphony

By , 05 October 2017
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Andris Nelsons, Paul Lewis and the Boston Symphony © Michael Blanchard
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A thunderstorm sang: Shostakovich and Beethoven from Andris Nelsons in Boston

By , 29 September 2017
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Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO season opener © Michael Blanchard
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Sennets and Tuckets: All Bernstein program opens the Boston Symphony season

By , 22 September 2017
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Andris Nelsons and Radu Lupu with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
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Mozart in a minor key: Radu Lupu and the Requiem with the Boston Symphony

By , 21 April 2017
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Alain Altinoglu © Michael Blanchard
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Alain Altinoglu dazzles in Boston Symphony debut

By , 30 March 2017
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Alisa Weilerstein and François-Xavier Roth with the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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Awakening of happy feelings on a wintry March afternoon: Beethoven, Berlioz and Pintscher in Boston

By , 24 March 2017
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Bernard Haitink conducting the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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Chamber intimacy and bold brushstrokes: Bernard Haitink in Boston

By , 16 March 2017
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Sakari Oramo and Kirill Gerstein with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Pastoral and Pastiche: Sibelius’ Third and Busoni in Boston

By , 10 March 2017
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Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Elsbeth Moser perform Gubaidulina © Winslow Townson
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Dreams and nightmares: Gubaidulina world première and Shostakovich’s Seventh with the Boston Symphony

By , 24 February 2017
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
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Muted Mozart, muted Beethoven: Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 16 February 2017
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
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The French Connection: Ravel, Benjamin and Berlioz with the Boston Symphony

By , 11 February 2017
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Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, soloists and Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a glowing performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor

By , 04 February 2017
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Gidon Kremer, Juanjo Mena and the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
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Mieczysław Weinberg's music makes a belated Boston Symphony debut

By , 20 January 2017
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Bramwell Tovey, Cameron Carpenter and the BSO © Winslow Townson
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Minimalism in the Sky with Diamonds: Cameron Carpenter and Bramwell Tovey with the Boston Symphony

By , 13 January 2017
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Moritz Gnann conducts the BSO © Hilary Scott
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Good news from the New World: Mendelssohn, Mozart and Dvořák with the Boston Symphony

By , 22 November 2016
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Andris Nelsons, Hélène Grimaud and the Boston Symphony © Marco Borggreve
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Autumn Leaves: Boston Symphony concludes its Brahms “mini-fest"

By , 17 November 2016
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Hélène Grimaud © Mat Hennek
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This way in case of Brahms: Nelsons, Grimaud and the Boston Symphony present a Brahms mini-fest

By , 10 November 2016
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voice
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Dem Bones Dem Bones: Thomas Adès leads the Boston Symphony in Britten, Sibelius, and Adès

By , 04 November 2016
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Ildikó Komlósi, Charles Dutoit, Matthias Goerne and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
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The Odd Couple: Charles Dutoit presents Mozart and Bartók with the Boston Symphony

By , 28 October 2016
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Charles Dutoit © Robert Taylor
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Rule Britannia! Walton, Elgar and Holst from the Boston Symphony

By , 21 October 2016
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