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Thomas Adès Joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Partner for 2016-17

Thomas Adès Joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Partner for 2016-17 >>

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.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Gives Out iPads for Casual Fridays? >>

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.

79-Year-Old Conductor Seiji Ozawa Fractures Hip, Cancels Three August Performances

79-Year-Old Conductor Seiji Ozawa Fractures Hip, Cancels Three August Performances >>

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.

Andris Nelsons Extends Contract with Boston Symphony Orchestra Through 2022

Andris Nelsons Extends Contract with Boston Symphony Orchestra Through 2022 >>

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.

Google Play's 'Classical Live' Gives Orchestras New Outlet for Live Records

Google Play's 'Classical Live' Gives Orchestras New Outlet for Live Records >>

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.

Andris Nelsons Readies to Conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hopes to Find Refinement as New Head

BRIEFS: Nelsons & Boston Record for DG, Bowie's 'Man Who Fell to Earth' Off-Broadway, ASCAP & BMI Killing Philly Jazz?, New York City Ballet Pointes >>

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.

Final Four: Boston, Detroit and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras with Los Angeles Philharmonic Play World Premieres Nov. 20-21

Boston, Detroit and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras with Los Angeles Philharmonic Play World Premieres Nov. 20-21 >>

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.

Andris Nelsons Readies to Conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hopes to Find Refinement as New Head

Andris Nelsons Prepares To Conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hopes to Find Refinement as New Head >>

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.

American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich celebrates 75 years of music with a slew of performances and a brand new radio doc.

Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Staying Spry at 75 with Three Premires: Solo Violin, Flute and Orchestra and New Swedish Radio Documentary >>

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.

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WATCH: Boston Symphony Orchestra Web Documentary, "New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists," Episode Two >>

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.

Double-Header: Kristine Opolais Becomes First Singer to Don Two Major Roles in 24-Hours, 'La Boheme' and 'Madama Butterfly'

24-Hour Met Double-Header: Soprano Kristine Opolais Sings (and Dies) in Two Major Roles, 'La Boheme' and 'Madama Butterfly' >>

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.

2014, the Year of Pierre Monteux (Remember Him?) >>

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.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Takes a Fresh Look at Osvaldo Golijov’s 'La Pasión Según San Marcos' >>

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.

WATCH: Red Sox vs. Cardinals? No, Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony!

WATCH: Red Sox vs. Cardinals? No, Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony! >>

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.

Five Quickies: Jackie Evancho to Sony, Andris Nelsons in Boston, Ronald Shannon Jackson Obit, Chinese Classical Music, Destroyer Musical >>

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.

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