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The BSO - Gewandhaus Alliance

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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September 9, 2015

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced a new relationship with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig as that historic ensemble names Andris Nelsons as its new Music Director.

Hear a conversation with BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe:

photo of the Leipzig Gewandhaus by Andreas Praefcke, via Wikimedia Commons

In what is likely an unprecedented arrangement, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig will form a new alliance, drawing on the artistic personality and rich history of each organization to generate co-commissions, residencies, educational opportunities, and more. The relationship, announced as a five-year agreement, is anchored by Andris Nelsons, whose commitment to the BSO runs through at least 2022 and possibly beyond. Nelsons will now orient his European activities around Leipzig, with a commitment of eight weeks per year, plus recording and touring projects, to the position of Gewandhauskapellmeister (the equivalent of Music Director), beginning in 2017.

The alliance will include co-commissions, beginning with a new work by Jörg Widmann that both orchestras will perform during the 2017-18 season. In addition, conducting Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center will assist Andris Nelsons in Leipzig following their summer work in the Berkshires.

Each orchestra will also pay tribute to its partner through "Leipzig Week in Boston" and "Boston Week in Leipzig," projects which will bring historically significant works to each orchestra to audiences in both cities. A series of residencies, both of entire orchestras and of individual players, is also envisioned as well, allowing audiences to experience first-hand the sonic profile of each ensemble.

A person vitally important to the musical life of both Boston and Leipzig will serve as artistic advisor. Christoph Wolff, a University Professor at Harvard and former Director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig, will work with Nelsons, the BSO, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra to bring projects to fruition.

To learn more about this new alliance, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


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