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The Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season

Andris Nelsons

The second year of the partnership of Music Director Andris Nelsons and the BSO is marked by an extensive concert and recording project centered on music by Shostakovich, thematic programs that celebrate Shakespeare, new works that highlight the compositional voices of our time, and several appearances by favorite guest artists and conductors.

Join host Ron Della Chiesa each Saturday night at 8pm for live broadcasts of the BSO from Symphony Hall, along with encore broadcasts each Monday at 8pm.

See the broadcast schedule below, and for more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office.


Lion Gate at Tanglewood
 

Tanglewood 2016

Andris Nelsons leads five concerts, and Charles Dutoit is the 2016 Koussevitzky Artist at the Boston Symphony's summer home in the Berkshires during a season of spectacular concerts in an idyllic setting.

listen buttonMore information and a preview with BSO Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg

2015-2016 WCRB Broadcast Schedule


Andris Nelsons
 

Saturday, February 13, and Monday, February 22

In the final concert of a series of three Shakespeare-themed programs, Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Strauss's Macbeth, and Dvorák's Othello Overture, as well as the world premiere of Sonnets, by George Tsontakis, featuring BSO English horn player Robert Sheena.

Learn more about the BSO's Insights series


Barbara Hannigan
 

Monday, February 15

In the second of three Shakespeare-themed programs, soprano Barbara Hannigan sings Hans Abrahamsen's let me tell you, and Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich's Suite from Hamlet and a suite from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Hear a preview with Barbara Hannigan and Andris Nelsons on The Answered Question:

Learn more about the BSO's Insights series


Alina Ibragimova
 

Saturday, February 20, and Monday, February 29

In her BSO debut, violinist Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Concerto funèbre, and Vladimir Jurowski conducts Haydn's Symphony No. 26, "Lamentatione," and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.


Charles Dutoit
 

Saturday, February 27, and Monday, March 7

Charles Dutoit returns to Symphony Hall to conduct Resurrexit and Te Deum by Berlioz, as well as Timbres, by Henri Dutilleux, in a program that features tenor Paul Groves, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Voices Boston.


Javier Perianes
 

Saturday, March 5, and Monday, March 14

In his BSO debut, pianist Javier Perianes is the soloist in Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and Charles Dutoit conducts Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and the composer's one-act opera L'Heure espagnole.


Herbert Blomstedt
 

Saturday, March 12, and Monday, March 21

Herbert Blomstedt leads the BSO in an All-Beethoven program, including the Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson, and the Symphony No. 7.


Gil Shaham
 

Saturday, March 19, and Monday, March 28

Gil Shaham is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by John Williams, and Stéphane Denève conducts Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and the Symphony No. 3, the "Organ" Symphony, by Saint-Saëns.


Nikolai Lugansky
 

Saturday, March 26, and Monday, April 4

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 and Giya Kancheli's Dixi, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.


Murray Perahia
 

Saturday, April 2, and Monday, April 11

Murray Perahia is the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and Bernard Haitink conducts the Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler.


Andris Nelsons
 

Saturday, April 9, and Monday, April 18

Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphony No. 3 by Bruckner, and Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe and Principal Violist Steven Ansell are the soloists in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K. 364.


Andris Nelsons
 

Saturday, April 16, and Monday, April 25

In a return to the first work he performed with the BSO, Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in the emotionally powerful Symphony No. 9 by Gustav Mahler.


Kristine Opolais
 

Saturday, April 23, and Monday, May 2

In the final program of the 2015-2016 season, soprano Kristine Opolais sings Rachmaninoff's Zdes' khorosho ("How fair this place") and the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin, and Andris Nelsons conducts three French masterpieces, including Debussy's La Mer, Ravel's La Valse, and Métaboles, by Dutilleux.

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