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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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LenoxHerbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart, Bernstein and Haydn

Mozart, Bernstein, Haydn
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt; Elizabeth Rowe

LenoxDavid Newman conducts Bernstein's West Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Boston Symphony Orchestra; David Newman

LenoxBramwell Tovey conducts Bernstein and Sibelius

Bernstein, Sibelius
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey; Isabel Leonard; Nicholas Phan; Eric Owens; Nadine Sierra

LenoxYoung People's Concert

Bernstein
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Jamie Bernstein

LenoxAndris Nelsons conducts an All-Bernstein Program

Bernstein
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Baiba Skride; Boston Ballet; Mikko Nissinen
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Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas

Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Under Andris Nelsons' baton, the musical canvas was remarkably supple with proper light shed on Puccini’s melodic inventiveness and wondrous orchestration.
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Brahms in the twilight in Boston

Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
Bernard Haitink's annual visit to the Boston Symphony brought autumnal Brahms with the Second Piano Concerto and the Second Symphony.
*****
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A Boston Symphony performance marked by Mahler’s shadow

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
At Carnegie Hall Jean-Yves Thibaudet successfully brought forward the mercurial character of Bernstein's music, while Andris Nelsons highlighted details in Shostakovich. 
*****
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An all-Wagner program with Kaufmann and Nylund in Boston

Andris Nelsons, Camilla Nylund, Jonas Kaufmann and the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Jonas Kaufmann and Camilla Nylund tackle the roles of Tristan und Isolde for the first time in Andris Nelsons' all-Wagner concert. 
****1
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An irascible Don and a Widmann première in Boston

Yo-Yo Ma, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
The US première of Jörg Widmann's Partita featured alongside Mozart and Strauss in Andris Nelsons' carefully chosen program.
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