Celebrating a New Era of the BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra launches into a new era with the 2014-2015 season through the leadership of Andris Nelsons as its new Music Director.


WCRB welcomes Andris Nelsons with a series of special features and programs that highlight the legacy of past BSO Music Directors, as well as a live broadcast of the first concert he and the orchestra perform in this new partnership.


Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall
Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall (photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy of the BSO)

When Andris Nelsons stepped in at short notice to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in March of 2011, it turned out to be a defining moment for him and for the orchestra. Instantly vaulted to the front rank of candidates to replace James Levine, who had just resigned his position as Music Director of the BSO, Nelsons subsequently demonstrated a rare charisma and musical insight in several BSO performances during the search process.

Now, three-and-a-half years later, Nelsons and the BSO are beginning a new chapter in their relationship. Nelsons is the 15th Music Director of the orchestra, having planned a 2014-2015 season with careful and thoughtful attention to building an artistic conversation among himself, the musicians of the BSO, and Boston's audience. Continuing a decades-old partnership, 99.5 WCRB will broadcast each BSO program of the season, live on Saturday nights, with encore performances each Monday.

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Each Music Director leaves a particular imprint during his or her time with an orchestra, and that includes the BSO. To tell the story of the Boston Symphony and its most recent leaders, WCRB has planned eight days of special features and programs, including a live broadcast of the sold-out Sept. 27 gala concert that launches the Andris Nelsons era.

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Symphony Hall

Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7pm
Ron Della Chiesa brings you a two-hour Sunday Night Special, featuring BSO performances with the five most recent Music Directors, including Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf, William Steinberg, Seiji Ozawa, and James Levine.

Then, at 9pm, Cathy Fuller highlights the work of the Music Director whose legacy remains central to the orchestra's identity, Serge Koussevitzky.

Charles Munch Monday, Sept. 22 at 8pm
Charles Munch, Music Director of the BSO from 1949 to 1962, was known for spontaneous, passionate performances, qualities you'll hear as he leads the BSO in the Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz.
Erich Leinsdorf Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8pm
Austrian conductor Erich Leinsdorf, Music Director of the BSO from 1962 to 1969, brought a new rigor to the orchestra's performances, which are highlighted in the Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler.
William Steinberg Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8pm
William Steinberg's tenure as Music Director of the BSO was not long (1969-1972), but his sense of large-scale musical architecture was a hallmark of those years, demonstrated in the "Great" C major Symphony by Franz Schubert.
Seiji Ozawa Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8pm
Seiji Ozawa led the BSO for a longer period than any other Music Director, from 1973 to 2002. (He now holds the title of Music Director Laureate.) Among the many accomplishments of those years, he and the orchestra cultivated an already graceful identity in recording a series of complete ballet scores, including Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird.
James Levine Friday, Sept. 26 at 8pm
With a rich background as leader of the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine brought a sense of narrative to the concerts he led as Music Director of the BSO from 2004 to 2011. In 2007 he and the orchestra performed a series of symphonies by Mozart, from which you'll hear the Symphony No. 39.
Andris Nelsons Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30pm, LIVE from Symphony Hall
The Andris Nelsons era begins with a gala BSO concert with soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Ron Della Chiesa and Brian McCreath bring you special features and interviews beginning at 7:30, followed by the complete concert at 8pm.
Andris Nelsons Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8pm
WCRB's Sunday Night at the Opera features a riveting encore broadcast from the 2013-2014 concert season, as Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Richard Strauss's Salome, featuring soprano Gun-Brit Barkman in the title role, mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel as Herodias, tenor Gerhard Siegel as Herod, and baritone Evgeny Nikitin as Jochanaan, recorded in concert on March 6, 2014.

For information on attending BSO concerts at Symphony Hall, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.



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