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<ul><li><p>seiji ozawamusic director laureate</p><p>bernard haitinkconductor emeritus</p><p>BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2015 -16 SEASON</p><p>A ND R</p><p>I S N</p><p>E LS O</p><p>N S </p><p> MU S</p><p>I C D</p><p>I RE C</p><p>T OR</p></li><li><p>Kristine OpolaisApril 21-23, 2016</p><p>Nikolai LuganskyMarch 24-26, 2016</p><p>Paul LewisOctober 8-10, 2015</p><p>music for all</p><p>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 Strausss Elektra featuring Christine Goerke in the title role. He also leads a three-week celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares death, and introduces two BSO commissions to the orchestras repertoireAmerican composer Sebastian Curriers Divisions in October, and the world premiere of George Tsontakiss Shakespeare-inspired Sonnets in February.</p><p>compelling collaborations</p><p>In 2015-16 Andris Nelsons joins forces with a compelling array of guest soloists, including pianists Evgeny Kissin in Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1, Paul Lewis in Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 3, Yefim Bronfman in Bartks Piano Concerto No. 2, and Nikolai Lugansky in Rachmaninoffs Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, as well as violinist Isabelle Faust in Bergs 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 Mozarts ever-popular Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola.</p><p>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 tabletsprovided by the BSOin 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. </p><p>PASSIONATE S ERENE</p></li><li><p>a shakespeare celebration</p><p>To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares death, Andris Nelsons leads three programs of Shakespeare-inspired music in January and February, to include not only such popular repertoire staples as Mendelssohns A Midsummer Nights Dream music, Webers Overture to Oberon, music from Prokofievs ballet Romeo and Juliet, and Tchaikovskys overture-fantasy of that name, but also such rarities as Strausss Macbeth, Dvoks Othello Overture, and a suite from Shostakovichs incidental music to Hamlet, as well as Hans Werner Henzes BSO-commissioned, Midsummer-Nights-Dream-inspired Symphony No. 8, premiered here in 1993. The celebration also includes Danish composer Hans Abrahamsens let me tell you, featuring, in her BSO debut, Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, who sang the world premiere with Maestro Nelsons and the Berlin Philharmonic; and the world premiere of George Tsontakiss Sonnets, written for BSO English horn player Robert Sheena. Also highlighting these weeks will be a series of related events, to encompass lecture, panel discussion, and film presentations.</p><p>spotlight on shostakovich</p><p>Andris Nelsonss multi-season survey of Shostakovichs symphonies 5 through 10his symphonies composed under the shadow of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalincontinues in 2015-16. Symphony No. 9, not played by the BSO since 1962, figures in Maestro Nelsonss season-opening all-Russian program along with music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The Symphony No. 5 follows in November, and the massive Symphony No. 8, last played by the BSO in 2005, is performed in March.</p><p>Evgeny KissinOctober 1-3, 2015</p><p>Barbara HanniganFebruary 4-6, 2016</p><p>Isabelle FaustNovember 19-21, 2015</p><p>TRADIT IONAL CONT</p><p>EMPORARY</p></li><li><p>celebrating dutilleuxs legacy</p><p>The great French composer Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) had longstanding ties to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, dating back to the music directorship of Charles Munch and continuing through the tenures of Seiji Ozawa and James Levine. To mark the 100th anniversary of Dutilleuxs birth, the orchestra plays three significant works by the composer. In January, with soprano Rene Fleming, who sang the American premiere here in 2007, Franois-Xavier Roth conducts the song cycle Le Temps lHorloge, which was a BSO 125th Anniversary Commission. This is followed later in the season by two masterfully atmospheric symphonic worksTimbres, espaces, mouvement, to be led by Charles Dutoit in February, and Mtaboles, on Andris Nelsons season-ending program in April.</p><p>all in the family</p><p>Beloved BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink returns in March with esteemed pianist Murray Perahia for a program pairing Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 4 with Mahlers powerful Symphony No. 1. The winds and strings of the Boston Symphony Orchestra take center stage for an all-Dvok program in October; flutist Elizabeth Rowe and harpist Jessica Zhou play Mozarts charming double concerto; English horn player Robert Sheena is soloist in February in the world premiere of George Tsontakiss Shakespeare-inspired Sonnets; and Malcolm Lowe and Steven Ansell are featured in Mozarts Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola in April. BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur leads a November program featuring pianist Louis Lortie in Liszts Totentanz, Schumanns Rhenish Symphony, and the American premiere of Korean composer Unsuk Chins Mannequin, a BSO co-commission.</p><p>Franois-Xavier RothJanuary 7-12 &amp; January 14-16, 2016</p><p>Rene FlemingJanuary 14 &amp; 16, 2016</p><p>Bernard HaitinkMarch 31-April 5, 2016</p><p>VIBRANT HARMON IOUS</p></li><li><p>podium personalities</p><p>An impressive array of guest conductors again graces the Symphony Hall podium throughout the season. Charles Dutoit continues his multi-year residency with two colorful programs in February and March of music by Berlioz, Dutilleux, Falla, and Ravel, joined by tenor Paul Groves, pianist Javier Perianes, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Voices Boston, among others. Pinchas Zukerman returns as conductor-violinist for an October program of Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and Schubert. Christoph von Dohnnyi leads a November program to include the world premiere of a BSO commission from the young French composer-pianist Jean-Frdric Neuburger and also to feature German pianist Martin Helmchen in Beethovens Emperor Concerto. In January, French conductor Franois-Xavier Roth returns for two weeks with soprano Rene Fleming featured in music of Dutilleux and Canteloube, and Czech conductor Jii Blohlvek is joined by soloist Johannes Moser for Dvoks rousing Cello Concerto. Filling out the roster of guest conductors are Vladimir Jurowski, whose program of Haydn, Hartmann, and Beethoven features the young Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in her BSO debut; Herbert Blomstedt, who leads an all-Beethoven program with pianist Garrick Ohlsson; and Stphane Denve, whose program features Gil Shaham in John Williamss Violin Concerto and concludes with Saint-Sanss sonorous Organ Symphony. </p><p>Charles DutoitFebruary 25-27 &amp; March 3-5, 2016</p><p>Pinchas ZukermanOctober 29-31, 2015</p><p>Christoph von DohnnyiNovember 12-14, 2015</p><p>PROVOCATIVE P E</p><p>ACEFUL</p></li><li><p>boston symphony orchestra 2015 2016 season</p><p>Concerts begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted.</p><p>conductor/soloist program date seriesAndris Nelsons, conductorEvgeny Kissin, piano</p><p>SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances</p><p>Thursday, October 1Friday, October 2, 1:30pmSaturday, October 3</p><p>Thursday-CFriday-18, A, Fall ASaturday-25, A, C</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorNadezhda Serdyuk, mezzo-sopranoTanglewood Festival Chorus</p><p>PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky (cantata)RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances</p><p>Tuesday, October 6 Tuesday-B, F</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorPaul Lewis, piano</p><p>CURRIER Divisions (BSO co-commission)BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3BRAHMS Symphony No. 2</p><p>Thursday, October 8, 10:30amThursday, October 8Friday, October 9, 1:30pmSaturday, October 10</p><p>Open RehearsalThursday-AFriday-18, B, Fall BSaturday-25, A, D</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorChristine Goerke, soprano (Elektra)Gun-Brit Barkmin, soprano </p><p>(Chrysothemis)Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano </p><p>(Klytmnestra)Gerhard Siegel, tenor (Aegisth)James Rutherford, baritone (Orest)Elizabeth Byrne, soprano (Confidante)Nadine Secunde, soprano (Overseer)</p><p>STRAUSS Elektra Thursday, October 15Saturday, October 17</p><p>Thursday-DSaturday-25, B, E</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorNadezhda Serdyuk, mezzo-sopranoTanglewood Festival Chorus</p><p>PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky (cantata)RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances</p><p>Friday, October 16 Friday-E, E1</p><p>Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra</p><p>ALL-DVOK PROGRAMSerenade for WindsNocturne, for stringsSerenade for Strings</p><p>Saturday, October 24 Saturday-25, B, F</p><p>Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin</p><p>TCHAIKOVSKY Mlodie, for violin and orchestraTCHAIKOVSKY Andante cantabile for violin and stringsTCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for StringsELGAR Chanson de la nuitSCHUBERT Symphony No. 5</p><p>Thursday, October 29Friday, October 30, 1:30pmSaturday, October 31</p><p>Thursday-CFriday-18, A, Fall ASaturday-25, A, C</p><p>Ken-David Masur, conductorLouis Lortie, piano</p><p>LISZT Totentanz, for piano and orchestraCHIN Mannequin (American premiere; BSO co-commission)SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, Rhenish</p><p>Thursday, November 5Friday, November 6, 1:30pmSaturday, November 7Tuesday, November 10</p><p>Thursday-BFriday-18, B, Fall BSaturday-25, A, DTuesday-B, G</p><p>Christoph von Dohnnyi, conductorMartin Helmchen, piano</p><p>NEUBURGER Aube (world premiere; BSO commission)BARTK Music for Strings, Percussion, and CelestaBEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor</p><p>Thursday, November 12Friday, November 13Saturday, November 14</p><p>Thursday-AFriday-E, E1Saturday-25, B, F</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorIsabelle Faust, violinTanglewood Festival Chorus</p><p>J.S. BACH Komm, Jesu, komm! and Es ist genugBERG Violin ConcertoSHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5</p><p>Thursday, November 19Friday, November 20, 11am*Saturday, November 21</p><p>Thursday-CFriday-18, B, Fall BSaturday-25, B, E</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorYefim Bronfman, piano</p><p>HAYDN Symphony No. 30, AllelujaBARTK Piano Concerto No. 2TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams</p><p>Tuesday, November 24Friday, November 27, 1:30pmSaturday, November 28</p><p>Tuesday-CFriday-18, A, Fall ASaturday-25, A, C</p><p>Franois-Xavier Roth, conductorElizabeth Rowe, fluteJessica Zhou, harp</p><p>GOSSEC Symphonie 17 parties, in FMOZART Double Concerto for Flute and HarpBEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eroica</p><p>Thursday, January 7Friday, January 8, 1:30 pmSaturday, January 9Tuesday, January 12</p><p>Thursday-AFriday-18, B, Fall BSaturday-25, B, ETuesday-B, F</p><p>Franois-Xavier Roth, conductorRene Fleming, soprano</p><p>DEBUSSY JeuxDUTILLEUX Le Temps lHorlogeCANTELOUBE Selection of Songs of the AuvergneSTRAVINSKY Petrushka (1911 version)</p><p>Thursday, January 14Saturday, January 16</p><p>Thursday-CSaturday-25, A, C</p><p>Franois-Xavier Roth, conductorElizabeth Rowe, fluteJessica Zhou, harp</p><p>MOZART Double Concerto for Flute and HarpSTRAVINSKY Petrushka (1911 version)</p><p>Friday, January 15 Casual Fridays, Friday-E</p><p>Ji Blohlvek, conductorJohannes Moser, cello</p><p>SMETANA The MoldauMARTIN Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6)DVOK Cello Concerto</p><p>Thursday, January 21, 10:30 amThursday, January 21Friday, January 22, 1:30pmSaturday, January 23</p><p>Open RehearsalThursday-DFriday-18, A, Fall ASaturday-25, B, F</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorAmanda Forsythe, sopranoAbigail Fischer, mezzo-sopranoActors to be announcedWomen of the </p><p>Tanglewood Festival Chorus</p><p>WEBER Overture to OberonHENZE Symphony No. 8MENDELSSOHN Incidental music to </p><p>A Midsummer Nights Dream</p><p>Thursday, January 28Friday, January 29, 1:30pmSaturday, January 30Tuesday, February 2</p><p>Thursday-AFriday-18, A, Fall ASaturday-25, A, DTuesday-B, G</p><p>Meredith Hansen, soprano (Trainbearer)</p><p>Nadezhda Serdyuk, Claudia Huckle, Mary Phillips, Sandra Lopez, and Rebecca Nash (Maids)</p><p>Mark Schowalter, tenor (Young Servant)</p><p>Kevin Langan, bass (Orests Guardian and Old Servant)</p><p>Tanglewood Festival Chorus</p><p>* Please note the early start time of this concert. A complimentary brunch will be available beginning at 9:30am. Advance reservations will be required. Details will be made available to subscribers of this concert in the Fall.</p></li><li><p>season sponsors:</p><p>conductor/soloist program date seriesAndris Nelsons, conductorBarbara Hannigan, sopran</p><p>SHOSTAKOVICH Suite from the incidental music to HamletABRAHAMSEN let me tell you, for soprano and orchestraPROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet</p><p>Thursday, February 4Friday, February 5, 1:30pmSaturday, February 6</p><p>Thursday-BFriday-18, B, Fall BSaturday-25, B, E</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorRobert Sheena, English horn</p><p>STRAUSS MacbethDVOK Othello Overture (February 11 and 13 only)TSONTAKIS Sonnets, Concerto for English horn </p><p>and orchestra (world premiere; BSO commission)TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet</p><p>Thursday, February 11Friday, February 12Saturday, February 13</p><p>Thursday-DCasual Fridays, Friday-ESaturday-25, B, F</p><p>Vladimir Jurowski, conductorAlina Ibragimova, violin</p><p>HAYDN Symphony No. 26, LamentationeHARTMANN Concerto funbre, for violin and stringsHAYDN Violin Concerto No. 1 in CBEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2</p><p>Thursday, February 18Friday, February 19, 1:30pmSaturday, February 20</p><p>Thursday-CFriday-18, A, Spring ASaturday-25, A, D</p><p>Charles Dutoit, conductorPaul Groves, tenorTanglewood Festival ChorusVoices Boston, Andy Icochea Icochea, </p><p>conductor</p><p>BERLIOZ ResurrexitDUTILLEUX Timbres, espace, mouvementBERLIOZ Te Deum</p><p>Thursday, February 25Friday, February 26, 1:30pmSaturday, February 27</p><p>Thursday-AFriday-18, B, Spring BSaturday-25, A, C</p><p>Charles Dutoit, conductorJavier Perianes, pianoDaniela Mack, mezzo-soprano </p><p>(Concepcin)Benjamin Hulett, tenor (Gonzalve)Franois Piolino, tenor (Torquemada)Jean-Luc Ballestra, (Ramiro)David Wilson-Johnson, bass-baritone </p><p>(Don Iigo)</p><p>RAVEL Rapsodie espagnoleFALLA Nights in the Gardens of SpainRAVEL LHeure espagnole</p><p>Thursday, March 3Friday, March 4, 1:30pmSaturday, March 5</p><p>Thursday-BFriday-18, A, Spring ASaturday-25, A, D</p><p>Herbert Blomstedt, conductorGarrick Ohlsson, piano</p><p>BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7</p><p>Thursday, March 10Friday, March 11, 1:30pmSaturday, March 12Tuesday, March 15</p><p>Thursday-DFriday-18, B, Spring BSaturday-25, B, ETuesday-B, F</p><p>Stphane Denve, conductorGil Shaham, violin</p><p>HIGDON Blue Cathedral (March 17 and 19 only)WILLIAMS Violin ConcertoSAINT-SANS Symphony No. 3, Organ</p><p>Thursday, March 17, 10:30amThursday, March 17Friday, March 18Saturday, March 19</p><p>Open RehearsalThursday-ACasual Fridays, Friday-ESaturday-25, A, C</p><p>Andris Nelsons, conductorNikolai Lugansky, pianoTanglewood Festival Chorus</p><p>KANCHELI Dixi, for chorus and orchestra (A...</p></li></ul>


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