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

BostonOpening Night | All-Bernstein Program

Bernstein
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Julia Bullock; Elizabeth Rowe; Frederica von Stade

BostonHaydn, Mahler

Haydn, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
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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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One Rheingold to rule them all

With Andris Nelsons' withdrawal from Bayreuth last year, the BSO’s summer home, Tanglewood, became the venue for his Wagner with a concert performance of Das Rheingold
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Reminiscences of French Baroque at Tanglewood

Since the days of Charles Munch and Serge Koussevitzky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has always excelled in rendering the characteristics of the French musical idiom. 
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A Tanglewood afternoon without clouds

A Sunday afternoon program at Tanglewood introduced a young virtuoso and emphasized Mahler's Fourth Symphony's classicism.
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Outstanding opening night at Tanglewood

Amazing for his young age, Andris Nelsons grasped the essence of Mahler's spiritual quest in coming to terms with life's challenges
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