Boston Symphony Orchestra

Verdi's Monumental Requiem

Thursday, January 17, 2013
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Alan Gilbert Conducts the BSO

Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Friday, December 14, 2012
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There is no composer as indispensible to music - and culture - as Ludwig van Beethoven. For the 242nd anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Classical New England celebrates with a special lineup of stellar performances from Boston and beyond.

Every listener can name a personal favorite. That composer whose music most fully captures the experience of being human. But whether your favorite is Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, or Schoenberg, all roads lead back, in some way, to Beethoven. All composers contribute to the dialogue across time and distance that makes classical music so vital in our lives, but no composer has had more impact on that dialogue than Beethoven.

Part of the fascination with Beethoven is the music itself, but that music came from a fascinating individual. Laura Carlo wrote about one particular letter that forever changed her perceptions of the man.

Letters invariably open new windows in our perceptions, but we can also learn about the person from the music he wrote, and James David Jacobs explores that avenue through Beethoven's piano sonatas.

To further explore and celebrate Beethoven, Classical New England brings you an entire weekend of special broadcasts. Tune in and experience the power of music that changes the world:

Friday, Dec. 14, 4pm
Drive Time Live celebrates with Classical New England's "New Discoveries and Fond Farewells," a program devoted to rarely heard works by Beethoven.

The inscription of Beethoven's name above the stage at Symphony Hall (courtesy of the BSO)

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7pm
Join us for an encore performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as John Oliver conducts the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the BSO in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 1pm
Beethoven has been central to the Boston Symphony Orchestra from the very beginning of the orchestra's existence, and from the very beginning of its summer home at Tanglewood. Join us for the Opening Night concert from Tanglewood 2012, as Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, recreating the very first BSO concert at Tanglewood.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 6pm
While the symphonies, string quartets, and piano sonatas are the most commonly heard pieces by Beethoven, his writing for the voice, in song and opera, is utterly remarkable, something Cathy Fuller explores on Arias and Barcarolles.


Stephane Deneve and the French Tradition

Friday, November 30, 2012
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Tanglewood 2013

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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lion gate at tanglewood

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2013 Tanglewood season features an All-Tchaikovsky Opening Night, Bernstein's West Side Story, and anniversary tributes to Wagner and Verdi.

BSO Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg talks about Tanglewood 2013 with Classical New England's Cathy Fuller:

Highlights of the season:

Joshua Bell July 5
Opening Night features violinist Joshua Bell as the soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, part of an All-Tchaikovsky program that also includes the Symphony No. 5, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
John Harbison July 11
In celebration of composer John Harbison's 75th birthday, Emmanuel Music and conductor Ryan Turner perform Harbison's The Great Gatsby in Ozawa Hall.
Leonard Bernstein July 13
The BSO performs Leonard Bernstein's score for West Side Story, synchronized with the 1961 film starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, and Richard Beymer, which is projected on high definition screens arrayed around the Shed and lawn.
Andris Nelsons July 27
Conductor Andris Nelsons returns to Tanglewood to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi with the composer's Requiem. One week earlier, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel anchors the cast of another bicentenary tribute, Act III from Richard Wagner's Die Walküre, conducted by Lothar Koenigs.
John Williams August 24
Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams returns to conduct Film Night, one of the most popular events each summer, and this year featuring conductor David Newman and singer Audra McDonald.
  For more details, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

(photo of the Lion Gate at Tanglewood by Stu Rosner, courtesy of the BSO)


Undiscovered Classical Masters

Friday, November 23, 2012
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