The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will welcome internationally renowned British composer Thomas Adès to the new position of artistic partner. The appointment is a three-year tenure that will feature him as a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher.
In a clear sign that they are ready to embrace the future with open arms, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has not only launched an extensive App but has also introduced new "Casual Fridays", as well -- in the hopes of attracting a more youthful cliental. In addition to lowering ticket prices to between $25-$45 for one Friday a month over the next three months, the BSO will be passing out 110 iPads to audience members in designated areas of the venue to provide a more interactive experience for tee-shirt and blue jeans concert goers.
After a most unfortunate accident, former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa has been forced to cancel three performances following a fall that fractured his hip on August 1st. According to the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, the 79-year-old conductor has taken a tumble and hurt his hip. It is being reported he will undergo three weeks of physical therapy at an undisclosed hospital.
Earlier this year, a fake tweet by Lang Lang had people believing that Andris Nelsons would lead the Berlin Philharmonic. However, the tweet was a hoax and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor has extended his five-year deal and additional 2 years to carry him through 2022.
Perhaps the largest effort to bring classical into the digital age, Google's upcoming music platform, dubbed 'Classical Live' aims to bring together audiences of all stripes. The idea is to provide listeners with exactly what the namesake denotes: exclusive live recordings of the world's most well-known orchestras.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon have announced a new partnership that will feature a series of live recordings under the direction ofBSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. This new recording initiative will launch with a project entitled Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow, focusing on works composed during the period of Shostakovich’s difficult relationship with Stalin and the Soviet regime—starting with his fall from favor in the mid-1930s and the composition and highly acclaimed premiere of his Fifth Symphony, and through the premiere of the composer’s Tenth Symphony, one of the composer’s finest, most characteristic orchestral works, purportedly written as a response to Stalin’s death.
Coming from the NPR newswire, four of America's largest orchestras and composers are apparently playing world premieres today, Nov. 20, and tomorrow, Nov. 21 — including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Tonight's performances include: The Boston Symphony Orchestra is premiering "Lakes Awake at Dawn" for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds in joint commission by the BSO and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Andris Nelsons, who turned 36 Tuesday. Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin conducts his "Endgames." He will also lead a premiere of the "Trombone Concerto," written by his spouse Cindy McTee and featuring DSO principal trombonist Kenneth Thompkins as soloist. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its music director Gustavo Dudamel celebrate their 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's organ. Tonight they premiere American composer Stephen Hartke's "Fourth Symphony" with organist Cameron Carpenter and soprano Heidi Stober as soloists.
Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons gears up to head the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who has already conducted two weekends of concerts at Tanglewood. His latest endeavor is not only an honor, but a valuable lesson in refining himself as a coming-legend.
Following her 75th birthday this past April, composer (and violinist) Ellen Taaffe Zwilich has a stacked 2014-2015 season, including three separate performances--two of which are world premieres--as well as a Swedish radio documentary about her.
The second episode of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's behind-the-scenes web series “New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists” continues their showcasing of fellows in residence at the BSO’s summer academy. Featured this go 'round: percussionist Jeffrey DeRoche, flutist Masha Popova, cellist Clare Monfredo and conductor Karina Canellakis.
Kristine Opolais won't need to clean the dust under her eyelids this week. With her first Madama Butterfly in the pocket, the Latvian soprano considered her day had been completed with grace. Or so she thought.
There will be some anniversaries celebrated this year, none wider than that of the birth of Richard Strauss. But here's a milestone that I suspect few will comment on. It is half a century since Pierre Monteux, the French-born conductor. Not just any conductor, one of the most influential and revered of the 20th century. And yet these days, few music lovers are more than dimly aware of his name.
In 2001, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave the U.S. premiere of Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s 'La Pasión Según San Marcos.' The BSO will present the work again on January 9, 10 and 11 at Symphony Hall under the direction of Robert Spano, who also conducted the premiere.
For the 2013 MLB World Series, the brass sections of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra filmed a smackdown, taunting one another and trash-talking each other's home team.
And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in September.