Performance Friday, April 13, 2018 | 8 PM

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A gaunt man in homemade armor tilts at a windmill, battles a flock of sheep, and dreams of love. Yo-Yo Ma’s cello takes on the “role” of the hapless Don Quixote in Strauss’s magnificent tone poem. The tale’s escapades are presented in brilliant orchestral colors, including that flock of combative sheep bleating with fluttering brass. Before the Don saddles his aged, wayward steed, there’s the sturm und drang of a youthful Mozart symphony and a new work by Jörg Widmann.


  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
  • Steven Ansell, Viola
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Cello


  • MOZART Symphony No. 23
  • JÖRG WIDMANN New Work (NY Premiere)
  • R. STRAUSS Don Quixote


Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Paul Berry, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music History, Yale University.
This performance is part of Orchestral Masterworks.