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Hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops on the radio and online, in concert at Symphony Hall, each Saturday at 8pm, with encore broadcasts on Mondays at 8pm, all with host Ron Della Chiesa.

See the full BSO and Pops broadcast schedule below, and to plan your own visit to Symphony Hall or Tanglewood, visit the BSO Box Office.

Broadcast Schedule (all beginning at 8pm)

Andris Nelsons

Monday, May 25

Hear the most recent Boston Symphony recordings, including Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser and the Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius, conducted by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, as well as Britten's Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham.

20 Years of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops!

Keith Lockhart

The 2015 Boston Pops season celebrates two decades with conductor Keith Lockhart. Highlights of the season include

  • an Opening Night with Bernadette Peters,
  • two performances with Audra McDonald,
  • A Celtic Sojourn at Pops, with WGBH's Brian O'Donovan,
  • the classic film Singin' in the Rain, with live orchestral accompaniment,
  • Gospel Night with the Blind Boys of Alabama,
  • the acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie,
  • Simply Sondheim, with Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley,
  • and Film Night with John Williams.


For more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Pops Box Office. And see the WCRB Pops broadcast schedule below.

Keith Lockhart

Saturday, May 23, and Monday, June 1

By Popular Demand!

The audience votes, and the Pops plays! Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops play the audience's choices in the first WCRB Pops broadcast of the season.

Film Night with John Williams

Saturday, May 30, and Monday, June 8

Film Night!

Conductor Richard Kaufman and the Pops celebrate the incredible legacy of film scores by Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams and other Hollywood composers.

(John Williams has regretfully withdrawn from this performance)

Sutton Foster

Saturday, June 6, and Monday, June 15

Sutton Foster!

The Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and vocalist celebrates the 20th anniversary of the partnership of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops with a special Presidents at Pops performance.

(Audra McDonald has regretfully withdrawn from this performance)

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley

Saturday, June 13, and Monday, June 22

Simply Sondheim!

Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops to celebrate Stephen Sondheim, the composer whose scores include Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and much more.

Tanglewood 2015

Lion's Gate at Tanglewood

The Tanglewood Music Center celebrates 75 years, and Andris Nelsons conducts six concerts in the summer of 2015.

Learn more about Tanglewood 2015

See the final installment of New Tanglewood Tales, the video series that documents the experiences of six Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center:

(image of Lion's Gate at Tanglewood by Stu Rosner, courtesy of the BSO)

Tanglewood at dusk

Friday, July 3

Kirill Gerstein is the soloist in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, and Jessye Norman is the narrator of Copland's Lincoln Portrait in an All-American Tanglewood Opening Night that also includes Harbison's Remembering Gatsby and Ellington's Harlem, all with conductor Jacque Lacombe.

Cameron Carpenter

Friday, July 10

Cameron Carpenter is the soloist in Poulenc's Organ Concerto and the Symphony No. 3, the Organ Symphony, by Saint-Saëns, and Stéphane Denève conducts Barber's Adagio for Strings.

Bryn Terfel

Saturday, July 11

Baritone Bryn Terfel anchors an All-Italian program that includes Act I of Puccini's Tosca, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and conductor Bramwell Tovey.

Ludovic Morlot

Sunday, July 12

Conductor Ludovic Morlot leads the BSO in The Light That Fills the World, by John Luther Adams, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, with soloist Pinchas Zukerman, and the Symphony No. 7 by Dvorák.

Baiba Skride

Friday, July 17

Baiba Skride is the soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Rondo in C, and Christian Zacharias conducts Schumann's Manfred Overture and Symphony No. 2.

Sarah Connolly

Saturday, July 18

In an All-Mozart program, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly is the soloist in the concert aria "Ch'io mi scordi di te" and "Deh per questo istante solo," from the opera La Clemenza di Tito, and Christian Zacharias is the soloist and conductor in the Piano Concerto No. 25 and the Symphony No. 38, the Prague Symphony.

Paul Lewis

Sunday, July 19

Paul Lewis is the soloist in Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, and Sir Neville Marriner conducts the BSO in Mozart's Symphony No. 35, Haffner, and Symphony No. 36, Linz.

Vadim Gluzman

Friday, July 24

In an All-Beethoven program, Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the Symphony No. 4 and the Violin Concerto, with soloist Vadim Gluzman.

Michael Tilson Thomas

Saturday, July 25

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14, with soloist Emanuel Ax, and the Symphony No. 5 by Mahler.

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Sunday, July 26

Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the remarkable trilogy of final symphonies by Mozart, including the Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 40, and Symphony No. 41, the Jupiter Symphony.

Ken-David Masur

Friday, July 31

Ken-David Masur conducts Weber's Overture to Die Freischütz, Schubert's Symphony No. 4, the Tragic, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, the Emperor, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson.

Andris Nelsons

Saturday, August 1

Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and cellist Gautier Capuçon, and the Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich.

Yo-Yo Ma

Sunday, August 2

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and BSO Principal Violist Steven Ansell are the soloists in Richard Strauss's Don Quixote, and Andris Nelsons conducts Haydn's Symphony No. 90 and Brett Dean's Dramatis personae, with trumpet soloist Håkan Hardenberger.

Charles Dutoit

Friday, August 7

Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, the Violin Concerto by Sibelius, with soloist Leonidas Kavakos, and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

Andris Nelsons

Saturday, August 8

In a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, Andris Nelsons conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and TMC Alumni, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, and the American Boychoir in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand," with a cast of soloists that includes soprano Erin Wall, tenor Klaus Forian Vogt, and baritone Matthias Goerne.

Joshua Bell

Sunday, August 9

Joshua Bell is the soloist in the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Wieniawski, and Charles Dutoit conducts the BSO in Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.

Christian Tetzlaff

Friday, August 14

Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn, and Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphony No. 6 by Mahler.

Kristine Opolais

Saturday, August 15

Soprano Kristine Opolais is the soloist in "L'altra note infondo al mare," from Boito's opera Mefistofele, and the Willow Song and "Ave Maria" from Verdi's Otello, and Andris Nelsons conducts Barber's Second Essay for Orchestra, the Intermezzo from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.

Asher Fisch

Sunday, August 16

Asher Fisch conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Copland's Symphonic Ode, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, including the "Ode to Joy," with soprano Julianna di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Paul Groves, bass-baritone John Relyea, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season

Andris Nelsons

The second year of the partnership of Music Director Andris Nelsons and the BSO is marked by an extensive concert and recording project centered on music by Shostakovich, thematic programs that celebrate Shakespeare, new works that highlight the compositional voices of our time, and several appearances by favorite guest artists and conductors.

Here are some highlights of the season:

Opening Weekend
The first concerts of the season (Oct. 1-3) consist of an All-Russian program that includes Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Evgeny Kissin and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow
This multi-year concert and recording initiative with Music Director Andris Nelsons, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, includes, during the coming season, Dmitri Shostakovich's

  • Symphony No. 9 (Oct. 1-3),
  • Symphony No. 5 (Nov. 19-21),
  • Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Symphony No. 8 (Mar. 24-29).

Celebrating William Shakespeare
For the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Andris Nelsons conducts three programs of thematic concerts that include

  • Weber's Oberon Overture, Henze's Symphony No. 8, and Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan. 28-Feb. 2),
  • Shostakovich's Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, Abrahamsen's let me tell you, and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Strauss's Macbeth, Dvorák's Othello Overture, the world premiere of Sonnets, Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, by George Tsontakis (featuring BSO English horn soloist Robert Sheena), and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 11-13).

Strauss's Elektra
With many of the same voices that were made Strauss's Salome a highlight of 2014, Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss's equally devastating Elektra (Oct. 15 & 17).

Music of Our Time
Continuing the BSO's legacy of showcasing new music, Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in the BSO co-commissioned Divisions, by Sebastian Currier, and the  American premiere of Giya Kancheli’s Dixi for chorus and orchestra, featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

In addition, Ken-David Masur conducts the American premiere of Unsuk Chin's Mannequin, Stéphane Denève conducts Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and the Violin Concerto by John Williams (with soloist Gil Shaham), and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the world premiere of Frédéric Neuburger's Aube, a BSO commission.

Guest Soloists and Conductors
Many of the BSO's most inspired collaborators return during 2015-2016, including conductors Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Stéphane Denève, and Vladimir Jurowski. And guest soloists include, among many others, pianists Murray Perahia, Paul Lewis, and Garrick Ohlsson, violinists Gil Shaham and Isabelle Faust, and soprano Reneé Fleming.

For more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office.

Keith's Classical Corner

Keiths Classical Corner

Each Tuesday morning, the Boston Pops' Keith Lockhart joins WCRB's Laura Carlo to share a classical music pick of the day. They talk about the story behind the music, and mark holidays and historic dates with tributes to some of the great artists and composers of the genre.

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