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Andris Nelsons



listen buttonNelsons Conducts Wagner, Mozart, and Brahms

BSO Music Director Designate Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and the Symphony No. 3 by Brahms, and Paul Lewis is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25.

Learn more about Tribschen, where Wagner wrote Siegfried Idyll

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Boston Symphony Chamber Players




listen buttonA 50th Anniversary  Celebration of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players celebrate 50 years as an ensemble in a concert that includes Yehudi Wyner's Into the Evening Air, Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, and Schubert's Octet.

listen buttonINTERVIEW: Yehudi Wyner on the creative process and writing Into the Evening Air

Kirill Gerstein




listen buttonGerstein Plays Rachmaninoff and Dutoit Conducts Respighi's Roman Trilogy

Charles Dutoit conducts Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with Kirill Gerstein, and Respighi's Roman Festivals, Fountains of Rome, and Pines of Rome.

Charles Dutoit




listen buttonDutoit Conducts Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony

Charles Dutoit leads the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soloists in the season finale, featuring Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, and the Symphony No. 9, the "Ode to Joy."

Week 7 at Tanglewood


Emanuel Ax




listen buttonEmanuel Ax in the Emperor

Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, the Emperor, and Stéphane Denève conducts Prokofiev's monumental score to Alexander Nevsky, featuring mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina.


Nikolai Lugansky




listen buttonLugansky Plays Rachmaninoff with the TMC Orchestra

Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Charles Dutoit leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the Scherzo fantastique and The Firebird by Stravinsky.

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New Tanglewood Tales

Ozawa Hall

Follow six young musicians as they work on their craft and perform at Tanglewood in the summer of 2014

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Conductor Erich Leinsdorf

WCRB celebrates the legacy of one of the BSO's most significant Music Directors with a 1969 television interview and an audio documentary.

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Keith's Classical Corner

Keiths Classical Corner

Each weekday 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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The BSO's 2014-2015 Season
Andris Nelsons

Hear the 134th season of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the radio and online, live from Symphony Hall each Saturday at 8pm, with encore broadcasts on Mondays at 8pm, all with host Ron Della Chiesa. The season features 10 weeks of programs that draw connections between Andris Nelsons, the orchestra's 15th Music Director, the ensemble he'll lead into its next era, and the BSO's audiences.

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To see the full schedule of BSO and Pops performances, and to purchase tickets, visit the BSO Box Office, where you can also learn more about the release of archival Boston Symphony Chamber Players recordings.
Broadcast Schedule

Nicole CabellSoprano Nicole Cabell is the soloist in Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos, and Marcelo Lehninger conducts Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K. 297b, with soloists from the BSO, and Beethoven's mighty Symphony No. 5.

Andris NelsonsNew BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts opera excerpts by Wagner, Puccinia, Catalani, and Mascagni, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, as well as Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Respighi's The Pines of Rome.

Andris NelsonsIn a special Sunday night encore broadcast, Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO in Richard Strauss's psychodramatic operatic masterpiece Salome, with Gun-Brit Barkmin in the title role, mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel as Herodias, tenor Gerhard Siegel as Herod, and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as Jochanaan, recorded in concert on March 6, 2014, at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Andris NelsonsMusic Director Andris Nelsons conducts three orchestral masterpieces, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, the suite from Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, the Pathétique.

Christian ZachariasChristian Zacharias returns to Symphony Hall as both soloist and conductor in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, and Schubert's incidental music from Rosamunde and Symphony No. 8, the Unfinished.


Rudolf BuchbinderAustrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms, and Thierry Fischer conducts the Boston Symphony in the Symphony No. 4, the Inextinguishable, by Danish composer Carl Nielsen.


Bryn TerfelBass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the soloist in Bach's Cantata No. 82, Ich habe genug, and, with soprano Rosemary Joshua, conductor Bramwell Tovey, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Johannes Brahms's A German Requiem.

Juanjo MenaSpanish conductor Juanjo Mena leads the BSO in Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C, the Great, and Frank Peter Zimmermann is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Baiba SkrideViolinist Baiba Skride is the soloist in Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium, and Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphony No. 2 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.


Hakan HardenbergerTrumpeter Håkan Hardenberger is the soloist in the American premiere of Brett Dean's Dramatis personae, and Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky's Hamlet and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.


Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma is the soloist in Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra, and Andris Nelsons conducts Harbison's Koussevitzky Said, Rachmaninoff's The Bells, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a world premiere by Eriks Ešenvalds.

Leonidas KavakosLeonidas Kavakos is both the soloist and conductor in a program that includes Bartók's Two Portraits for violin and orchestra, Haydn's Symphony No. 82, The Bear, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.


Andris NelsonsMusic Director Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn, the Symphony No. 90 by Haydn, and Richard Strauss's Don Quixote, with cellist Gautier Capuçon and violist Steven Ansell.


Lars VogtPianist Lars Vogt is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, and Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony in the magisterial Symphony No. 7 by Anton Bruckner.


Tugan SokhievTugan Sokhiev conducts the BSO Le Corsaire Overture by Hector Berlioz, the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns, with soloist Johannes Moser, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's dazzling Scheherezade.

Asher FischConductor Asher Fisch leads the BSO in Avner Dorman's Astrolatry, Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, with soloist Julian Rachlin, and the Symphony No. 1, the Spring symphony, by Robert Schumann.

Vladimir JurowskiConductor Vladimir Jurowski leads the BSO in three pieces by Anatol Liadov, the American premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Responses: Of sweet disorder and the carefully careless, with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and Stravinsky's The Firebird.

Stephane DeneveStéphane Denève conducts Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist James Ehnes, Milhaud's The Creation of the World, and Poulenc's Les Biches.


Julia FischerJulia Fischer is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dutoit conducts Igor Stravinksy's Dumbarton Oaks and Claude Debussy's Images.


Charles DutoitCharles Dutoit leads the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Voices Boston in Karol Szymanowski's rarely heard opera King Roger, with baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role and soprano Olga Pasichnyk as Roxana.

Emanuel AxEmanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 and Richard Strauss's Burleske, and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the Sextet from Strauss's Capriccio and Mozart's Symphony No. 35, the Haffner.


Christoph von DohnanyiConductor Christoph von Dohnányi leads the BSO in one of the most remarkable sets of music ever written for orchestra: Mozart's final three symphonies, include No. 39, No. 40, and No. 41, the Jupiter.


Andris NelsonsMusic Director Andris Nelsons conducts the world premiere of a BSO commission by Boston composer Michael Gandolfi, featuring organist Olivier Latry, and the Symphony No. 6 by Gustav Mahler.


Christian TetzlaffViolinist Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven, and BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in the Symphony No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich.


Andris NelsonsAndris Nelsons conducts Gunther Schuller's Dreamscape (a BSO commission for the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood), Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, with soloist Richard Goode, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.

Jean-Yves ThibaudetConductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads the BSO in Ravel's Mother Goose and Piano Concerto in G, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin, and Mozart's Symphony No. 36, the Linz.

Bernard HaitinkConductor Bernard Haitink and the BSO bring the season to a close with Schumann's Manfred Overture, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, with soloist Maria João Pires, and the Symphony No. 1 by Brahms.



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