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Hear 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.

See the full BSO and Pops broadcast schedule below, and to plan your own visit to Symphony Hall or Tanglewood, visit the BSO Box Office.

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.

Here are some highlights of the season:

Opening Weekend
The first concerts of the season (Oct. 1-3) consist of an All-Russian program that includes Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Evgeny Kissin and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow
This multi-year concert and recording initiative with Music Director Andris Nelsons, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, includes, during the coming season, Dmitri Shostakovich's

  • Symphony No. 9 (Oct. 1-3),
  • Symphony No. 5 (Nov. 19-21),
  • Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Symphony No. 8 (Mar. 24-29).

Celebrating William Shakespeare
For the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Andris Nelsons conducts three programs of thematic concerts that include

  • Weber's Oberon Overture, Henze's Symphony No. 8, and Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan. 28-Feb. 2),
  • Shostakovich's Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, Abrahamsen's let me tell you, and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Strauss's Macbeth, Dvorák's Othello Overture, the world premiere of Sonnets, Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, by George Tsontakis (featuring BSO English horn soloist Robert Sheena), and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 11-13).

Strauss's Elektra
With many of the same voices that were made Strauss's Salome a highlight of 2014, Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss's equally devastating Elektra (Oct. 15 & 17).

Music of Our Time
Continuing the BSO's legacy of showcasing new music, Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in the BSO co-commissioned Divisions, by Sebastian Currier, and the  American premiere of Giya Kancheli’s Dixi for chorus and orchestra, featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

In addition, Ken-David Masur conducts the American premiere of Unsuk Chin's Mannequin, Stéphane Denève conducts Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and the Violin Concerto by John Williams (with soloist Gil Shaham), and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the world premiere of Frédéric Neuburger's Aube, a BSO commission.

Guest Soloists and Conductors
Many of the BSO's most inspired collaborators return during 2015-2016, including conductors Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Stéphane Denève, and Vladimir Jurowski. And guest soloists include, among many others, pianists Murray Perahia, Paul Lewis, and Garrick Ohlsson, violinists Gil Shaham and Isabelle Faust, and soprano Reneé Fleming.

For more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office.

Broadcast Schedule (all beginning at 8pm)

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Saturday, Apr. 25, and Monday, May 4

Conductor 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.

Hear a preview with Bernard Haitink and Jean-Yves Thibaudet:

Yo-Yo Ma

Monday, Apr. 27

In an encore broadcast from the 2014 Tanglewood season, David Zinman leads the BSO in an All-Tchaikovsky program, including the Andante cantabile for cello and strings and Rococo Variations, both with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, and the Symphony No. 6, the "Pathétique." Also, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien at Tanglewood.

Bernard Haitink

Saturday, May 2, and Monday, May 11

Conductor 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.

Seiji Ozawa

Saturday, May 9

Ron Della Chiesa tells the story of the BSO through the influence of the last five music directors, with performances led by Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf, Williams Steinberg, Seiji Ozawa, and James Levine.

Andris Nelsons

Saturday, May 16, and Monday, May 25

Hear the most recent Boston Symphony recordings, including Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser and the Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius, conducted by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Monday, May 18

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

20 Years of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops!

Keith Lockhart

The 2015 Boston Pops season celebrates two decades with conductor Keith Lockhart. Highlights of the season include

  • an Opening Night with Bernadette Peters,
  • two performances with Audra McDonald,
  • A Celtic Sojourn at Pops, with WGBH's Brian O'Donovan,
  • the classic film Singin' in the Rain, with live orchestral accompaniment,
  • Gospel Night with the Blind Boys of Alabama,
  • the acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie,
  • Simply Sondheim, with Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley,
  • and Film Night with John Williams.


For more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Pops Box Office. And see the WCRB Pops broadcast schedule below.

Keith Lockhart

Saturday, May 23, and Monday, June 1

By Popular Demand!

The audience votes, and the Pops plays! Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops play the audience's choices in the first WCRB Pops broadcast of the season.

Film Night with John Williams

Saturday, May 30, and Monday, June 8

Film Night!

Laureate Conductor and film legend John Williams returns to Symphony Hall with selections from his dozens of movie scores as well as those of other Hollywood composers.

Audra McDonald

Saturday, June 6, and Monday, June 15

Audra McDonald!

The Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and vocalist celebrates the 20th anniversary of the partnership of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops with a special Presidents at Pops performance.

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley

Saturday, June 13, and Monday, June 22

Simply Sondheim!

Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops to celebrate Stephen Sondheim, the composer whose scores include Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and much more.

Tanglewood 2015

The Tanglewood Music Center celebrates 75 years, and Andris Nelsons conducts six concerts in the summer of 2015.

Learn more about Tanglewood 2015

See the final installment of New Tanglewood Tales, the video series that documents the experiences of six Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center:


Keith's Classical Corner

Keiths Classical Corner

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