The BSO, 2013-2014

By Brian McCreath


Symphony Hall stage

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2013-2014 season, marked by major theatrical works, multi-disciplinary "Insight" events, and stellar guest artists.


Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg talked about the major highlights of the season. To hear the conversation, click on "Listen" above.

In announcing its lineup of programs and guest soloists and conductors, the BSO does not reference the ongoing search for a new Music Director to succeed James Levine, who stepped down two years ago. The leadership of the BSO has always maintained that the search would be undertaken with care and thoughtfulness, and that it would likely require multiple seasons. Nevertheless, only two conductors are making their BSO debuts next season, which could indicate that the search has moved beyond the initial stages of candidate introductions.

Below are some of the highlights of the new season, and for the complete schedule and program listings, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Christoph von Dohnanyi Opening Weekend

Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the first weekend of the season, featuring an all-Brahms program that includes the Double Concerto, with violinist Augustin Hadelich and cellist Alban Gerhardt, and the Symphony No. 2.
Sept. 21 & 24
Charles Dutoit Benjamin Britten's War Requiem and the "Insight" series

Charles Dutoit conducts one of the true landmarks of Twentieth Century music. Given its American premiere by the BSO in 1963, the performances of Britten's War Requiem in the coming season will celebrate the centenary of the British composer.

In addition, as part of the "Insights" series, collaborations with the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and the New England Conservatory of Music will allow audiences to deepen their understanding of pacifism as expressed through music.
Nov. 7-9

Yefim Bronfman Bronfman's Beethoven and the "Insight" series

Pianist Yefim Bronfman is the soloist in a series of three programs that include all five Beethoven piano concertos and the Triple Concerto (with violinist Guy Braunstein and cellist Alisa Weilerstein), all conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi.

These all-Beethoven programs are enriched as part of the "Insight" series, undertaken in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Harvard University. Multiple free events will explore Beethoven as a pianist through film presentations, improvisations, and lecture and demonstrations.
Mar. 13-22

Andris Nelsons Salome, West Side Story, and Golijov's Pasión

Three programs with theatrical roots include Richard Strauss's opera Salome, conducted by Andris Nelsons in a single performance, a presentation of the film West Side Story, with the BSO providing the instrumental soundtrack live with conductor David Newman, and Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark), with conductor Robert Spano.
La Pasión según San Marcos: Jan 9-11
West Side Story: Feb. 14-16
Salome: Mar. 6

Robert Spano Commissions and New Music

Premieres, commissions, and new music once again play a strong role in the BSO's 2013-2014 season. In April, a new Piano Concerto by Bernard Rands will receive its world premiere performances, with soloist Jonathan Biss and conductor Robert Spano.

Other significant events include the world premiere of a Bassoon Concerto by Marc Neikrug, with soloist Richard Svoboda, the BSO's principal bassoonist; the world premiere of a Piano Concerto by Justin Dello Joio, featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson; the American premiere of Speranza by Mark-Anthony Turnage; Penderecki's Concerto Grosso No. 1 for three cellos and orchestra; and the return of conductor and composer Thomas Adès in a program that includes his music.
Adès: Oct. 10-12
Turnage: Oct. 24-26
Penderecki: Oct. 31-Nov. 5
Neikrug: Nov. 21-23
Dello Joio: Jan. 23-25
Rands: Apr. 3-8

Photo of Christoph von Dohnanyi courtesy of Decca
Photo of Charles Dutoit courtesy of the Verbier Festival
Photo of Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta, courtesy of the artist
Photo of Andris Nelsons by Marco Borggreve, courtesy of the artist
Photo of Robert Spano by Andrew Eccles, courtesy of the artist


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