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MUSIC FOR ALL
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts thirteen extraordinarily wide-ranging programs in his second full season with the orchestra. Besides leading favorite works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky, Maestro Nelsons continues his survey of symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as his series of operas-in-concert, this season with two performances of Richard Strauss's Elektra featuring Christine Goerke in the title role. He also leads a three-week celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and introduces two BSO commissions to the orchestra's repertoire-American composer Sebastian Currier's Divisions in October, and the world premiere of George Tsontakis's Shakespeare-inspired Sonnets in February.
In 2015-16 Andris Nelsons joins forces with a compelling array of guest soloists, including pianists Evgeny Kissin in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Paul Lewis in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, Yefim Bronfman in Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Nikolai Lugansky in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, as well as violinist Isabelle Faust in Berg's Violin Concerto, and, to close the season, soprano Kristine Opolais in music of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Also featured with Maestro Nelsons are BSO English horn player Robert Sheena in the world premiere of a BSO-commissioned work by George Tsontakis, and concertmaster Malcolm Lowe and principal violist Steven Ansell in Mozart's ever-popular Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola.
NEW THIS SEASON - "CASUAL FRIDAYS" SERIES
Wear your favorite casual attire to Symphony Hall for three Friday-evening concerts this season! In addition, this new, lower-priced "Casual Fridays" series includes a free pre-concert reception for all concertgoers, and allows for the use of tablets-provided by the BSO-in a designated area in the rear of the orchestra floor. Subscribers who choose to sit in this area can view content such as in-depth information about the conductors and soloists, a scrollable score of the music being performed, and informative notes on the program. The series also includes a post-concert gathering in Higginson Hall with live music, snacks, and a cash bar.