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Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Biography

Now in its 133rd season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert in 1881, realizing the dream of its founder, the Civil War veteran/businessman/philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson, who envisioned a great and permanent orchestra in his hometown of Boston. Today the BSO reaches millions of listeners, not only through its concert performances in Boston and at Tanglewood, but also via the internet, radio, television, educational programs, recordings, and tours. It commissions works from today's most important composers; its summer season at Tanglewood is among the world's most important music festivals; it helps develop future audiences through BSO Youth Concerts and educational outreach programs involving the entire Boston community; and, during the Tanglewood season, it operates the Tanglewood Music Center, one of the world's most important training grounds for young professional-caliber musicians. The Boston Symphony Chamber Players, made up of BSO principals, are known worldwide, and the Boston Pops Orchestra sets an international standard for performances of lighter music.

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New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra

© Marco Borggreve
Gruber, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Håkan Hardenberger

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra

© Marco Borggreve/Andrew Eccles
Strauss R.
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Renée Fleming

New York CityThomas Adès conducts the BSO

Thomas Adès conducts the BSO
Liszt, Adès, Tchaikovsky
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Kirill Gerstein

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich, Dzenītis and Tchaikovsky

Shostakovich, Dzenītis, Tchaikovsky
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts HK Gruber and Mahler

Gruber, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Håkan Hardenberger
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Primeval Light, Redeeming Light: A Boston “Resurrection”

Bernarda Fink, Andris Nelsons, Ying Fang and the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
A great close to Maher's Second Symphony in Boston, paired with an earthbound curtain raiser. 
***11
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Masterful Masur conducts the Boston Symphony

Ken-David Masur and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
John Harbison's 80th birthday in December was marked at the start of Ken-David Masur's colorful program with the Boston Symphony. 
*****
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A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra – premiered by the BSO under Serge Koussevitzky and a familiar calling card ever since – opens the new season.
****1
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Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Another Bernstein concerto-in-all-but-name followed by Shostakovich, this time with the Boston Symphony flexing their muscles. 
****1
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Prom 67: Nelsons' Mahler 3 is clear but short on the killer punch

Susan Graham, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Mahler for beginners? Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra provide exemplary clarity and understanding of structure, but don't hit one in the chest in the way the Third can.
***11
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