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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TokyoKDDI Special: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Gil Shaham

TokyoKDDI Special: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Mozart, Rachmaninov
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Elizabeth Rowe; Jessica Zhou

TokyoKDDI Special: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Haydn, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons

BostonGiancarlo Guerrero conducts Tchaikovsky and Bernstein

Tchaikovsky, Bernstein
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts Bernstein and Shostakovich

Bernstein, Shostakovich
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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East meets West: Ligeti, Dvořák, and Schumann with Gimeno and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Gimeno, making his Symphony Hall debut, impressed in a program opening with Ligeti's Concert Românesc.
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Toothsome Delights with the Boston Symphony

An infectious contemporary work by Sierra sits comfortably with Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. 
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A thunderstorm sang: Shostakovich in Boston

The Symphony no. 11 “The Year 1905”, receiving its BSO première, was the first of three Shostakovich symphonies to be presented in Boston this season. 
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All Bernstein program opens the BSO season

The Boston Symphony begins a new chapter revisiting a golden one from its recent past. Hatima tovah!
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Akfham brings out the best from the BSO

In music of Mahler and Brahms, David Afkham, a gifted young German conductor, was not afraid to bring forward a personal view
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