• Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017

    Andris Nelsons Leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in Three Consecutive Concerts in February and March

    Concerts Include the New York Premiere of a Triple Concerto by Sofia Gubaidulina with Violinist Baiba Skride, Cellist Harriet Krijgh, and Bayan Player Elsbeth Moser; New York Premiere of Dream of the Song by George Benjamin with Countertenor Bejun Mehta; and a Performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with Emanuel Ax
    Image by Stefan Cohen
    Program Information
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
    Baiba Skride, Violin
    Harriet Krijgh, Cello
    Elsbeth Moser, Bayan

    SOFIA GUBAIDULINA Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Bayan, and Orchestra (NY premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, "Leningrad"

    Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

    Tickets: $49–$151

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
    Emanuel Ax, Piano

    GUNTHER SCHULLER Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K.482
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

    Sponsored by Breguet, Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall

    Tickets: $25–$156

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
    Bejun Mehta, Countertenor
    Lorelei Ensemble
    Beth Willer, Artistic Director

    MAURICE RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin
    GEORGE BENJAMIN Dream of the Song (NY Premiere)
    HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

    Tickets: $49–$151

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    The Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in late February and March for three concerts with wide-ranging repertoire, led by Andris Nelsons now in his third season as Music Director. The orchestra’s first concert on Tuesday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. includes the New York premiere of Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Bayan, and Orchestra by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commissions Project and featuring guest soloists Baiba Skride (violin), Harriet Krijgh (cello), and Elsbeth Moser (bayan). The work is performed alongside Shostakovich’s monumental “Leningrad” Symphony.

    On Wednesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. celebrated pianist Emanuel Ax joins Maestro Nelsons and the BSO for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 following the late Gunther Schuller's kaleidoscopic Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. The program concludes with Beethoven’s powerful “Eroica” Symphony.

    Closing the BSO’s trio of concerts on Thursday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., countertenor Bejun Mehta joins the orchestra for the New York premiere of Dream of the Song by George Benjamin. The work, which also features the acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble, intertwines 11th-century Hebrew poetry from Spain (in English translation) with 20th-century Spanish poems by Federico Garcia Lorca. The work is paired with Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

    About the Artists
    In 2016–2017, his third season as the BSO’s Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fourteen wide-ranging subscription programs at Boston’s Symphony Hall, including these three programs presented at Carnegie Hall followed by two concerts in Montreal and Toronto. In summer 2015, his contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021–2022 season. In addition, in 2017, Maestro Nelsons becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will also bring both orchestras together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, Maestro Nelsons and the BSO undertook a twelve-concert, eight-city tour to major European capitals as well as the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals. A second European tour, to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, took place in May 2016.

    The fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011 and his Tanglewood debut in July 2012. His first CD with the BSO—live recordings of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2—was released in November 2014 on BSO Classics. In 2014–2015, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, he and the BSO initiated a multi-year recording project entitled “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow,” to include live performances of Shostakovich’s symphonies nos. 5 through 10 and other works. The first disc, of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance and Gramophone Magazine’s Orchestral Award. The second release, of Shostakovich’s symphonies nos. 5, 8, and 9, has received two 2017 Grammy Award nominations.

    Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany from 2006 to 2009 and music director of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Nelsons is the subject of a 2013 documentary film from Orfeo entitled “Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire.”

    Now in its 136th 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.

    Today, the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues to fulfill and expand upon the vision of its founder Henry Lee Higginson, not only through its concert performances, educational offerings, and internet presence, but also through its expanding use of virtual and electronic media in a manner reflecting the BSO’s continuing awareness of today’s modern, ever-changing, twenty-first-century world.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office on 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.  

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