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THIS WEEK: THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ONLINE PERFORMANCE (WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW) AND RADIO BROADCAST OFFERINGS (WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG)

BSO NOW NEW ONLINE VIDEO STREAMS CONTINUE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, AT NOON, WITH THE RELEASE OF A BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE UNDER THE BANNER NEW BEGINNINGS, AVAILABLE AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

STEFAN ASBURY LEADS THE ORCHESTRA IN THOMAS ADÈS’ DAWN, DEBUSSY’S PRINTEMPS, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS’ THE LARK ASCENDING WITH VIOLIN SOLOIST ELENA URIOSTE, AND SMETANA’S THE MOLDAU

[Dec. 3 performance of BSO NOW]
Stefan Asbury, Elena Urioste, Thomas Adès

BSO NOW ONLINE PRESENTATIONS FEATURE NEWLY RECORDED HOUR-LONG VIDEO PERFORMANCES BY THE BOSTON SYMPHONY, BOSTON POPS, AND BSO MUSICIANS IN CHAMBER MUSIC, ALONG WITH BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORYTELLING WITH CONDUCTORS, COMPOSERS, AND MUSICIANS, PLUS MUCH MORE

EACH BSO NOW VIDEO LAUNCHES AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW ON SELECT THURSDAYS, AT NOON, ET, NOVEMBER 19 THROUGH APRIL 29; ALL BSO NOWONLINE VIDEOS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING FOR 30 DAYS AFTER EACH INITIAL RELEASE DATE

[Appalachian Spring]
Click here to listen to violin soloist Elena Urioste perform Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the BSO, conducted by Stefan Asbury

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

OVERVIEW OF BSO NOW NEWLY RECORDED ONLINE PROGRAMMING FOR RELEASE IN JANUARY

BSO NOW OFFERINGS INCLUDE THREE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE STREAMS, WITH THE THEME “NEW BEGINNINGS,” AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 14, 21, AND 28, AT NOON, AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

Thursday, January 14, at noon: Stefan Asbury leads a Boston Symphony Orchestra program including Thomas Adès Dawn, Debussy’s Printemps, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with violin soloist Elena Urioste, and Smetana’s The Moldau; the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with guest conductor Jorge Soto, perform Elena Langer’s Five Reflections on Water; available for viewing through February 13 at www.bso.org/now

Thursday, January 21, at noon: Thomas Wilkins leads a BSO program with selections from Kareem Roustom’s Aleppo Songs, Piazzolla’s Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneón and Orchestra, with soloist Hector Del Curto, and Hindemith’s Symphony, Mathis der Maler; chamber music performance of Carlos Simon’s Warmth from Other Suns, featuring BSO musicians Victor Romanul and Wendy Putnam, violins; Mary Ferrillo, viola; and Adam Esbensen, cello; available for viewing through February 20 at www.bso.org/now

Thursday, January 28, at noon: Making her BSO debut, Anna Rakitina leads a BSO program featuring Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, with violin soloist Gil Shaham, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite; chamber music performance of Missy Mazzoli’s Set That on Fire, featuring BSO musicians Elizabeth Klein, flute; Thomas Martin, clarinet; Thomas Siders, trumpet; and Valeria Vilker Kuchment, violin; with guest pianist Vytas Baksys; available for viewing through February 27 at www.bso.org/now

Please note: Each of the BSO’s Music in Changing Times online video programs will include a magazine-style segment with musicians, composers, and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program.

[Dec. 3 performance of BSO NOW]
Anna Rakitina, Thomas Wilkins, Gil Shaham, Hector Del Curto

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

UPCOMING ONLINE PERFORMANCES IN FEBRUARY: ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN THREE NEW CONCERT STREAMS WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON BEETHOVEN—IN CELEBRATION OF THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPOSER’S BIRTH—FOR INITIAL RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 11, 18, AND 25 AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW; RECENT WORKS BY THREE YOUNG COMPOSERS NEW TO THE BSO—IMAN HABIBI, HANNAH KENDALL, AND CARLOS SIMON—WILL BE FEATURED ALONGSIDE THE MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN, INCLUDING SYMPHONIES NOS. 3, 5, 6, AND 7; CLICK HERE FOR A PROGRAM LISTING AND DESCRIPTION

[Dec. 3 performance of BSO NOW]
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Iman Habibi, Hannah Kendall, Carlos Simon

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

ADDITIONAL BSO NOW PROGRAMMING DETAILS, MARCH AND APRIL, TO BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE IN ORDER FOR THE BSO TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO ANY CHANGES IN RESTRICTIONS THAT MIGHT BE IMPLEMENTED AROUND OFFICIAL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

INFORMATION ON HOW TO ACCESS BSO NOW NEWLY RECORDED ONLINE VIDEO CONTENT TO BE DISTRIBUTED AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW, THURSDAYS AT NOON, THROUGH APRIL 29

THE COMPLETE SERIES OF BSO NOW PROGRAMMING IS AVAILABLE IN RECOGNITION OF DONATIONS OF $100 OR MORE BY VISITING WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

DETAILS ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS ACCESS PROGRAM AND COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS FOR BSO SUBSCRIBERS, COLLEGE CARD HOLDERS, CORPORATE PARTNERS, AND CURRENT BSO, POPS, AND TANGLEWOOD DONORS OF $100 OR MORE, AS WELL AS INFORMATION ABOUT A COMPLIMENTARY 24-HOUR TRIAL ACCESS PROGRAM FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC, ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW [Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

ENCORE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT BROADCASTS ON CRB CLASSICAL 99.5 FM AND WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG, TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAYS AT 8 P.M.

PROGRAM FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 16: ANDRIS NELSONS CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY’S ROMEO AND JULIET, STRAUSS’ MACBETH, AND DVORAK’S OTHELLO OVERTURE, AS WELL AS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SONNETS BY GEORGE TSONTAKIS, FEATURING BSO ENGLISH HORN PLAYER ROBERT SHEENA

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT STREAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF STEFAN ASBURY, LAUNCHING ON JANUARY 14

["StefanIn January, the three episodes in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s second BSO NOW streaming concert series explore different facets of the concept “New Beginnings.” Premiering this Thursday at noon, at www.bso.org/now, the first episode’s BSO performances, led by conductor Stefan Asbury(right), focus on the idea of rejuvenation in the natural world. The program includes Vaughan Williams’ serenely pastoral The Lark Ascending with American violin soloist Elena Urioste, Smetana’s depiction of the river Moldau from its source to its end, Debussy’s colorful, musical Spring, andThomas AdèsDawn, an addition to the great tradition of musical sunrises.

The January 14 stream also features a chamber music performance spotlighting BSO musicians and magazine-like segments. Elena Langer’s chamber music work Five Reflections on Water was commissioned for and originally premiered by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, who perform it here with guest conductor Jorge Soto. This episode also includes a rhapsodic feature exploring musical depictions of rivers as a complement to Smetana’s The Moldau, as well as introductory remarks by BSO violinist Jennie Shames and a conversation between conductor Stefan Asbury and soloist Elena Urioste. Click here for further details about the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s initial BSO NOW streams on January 21 and 28, February 11, 18, and 25.

[Appalachian Spring]
Click here to view a preview of the magazine segments

for the January 14 BSO NOW stream

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

INFORMATION ON THE NEW STREAMING PLATFORM, BSO NOW

On November 19, the Boston Symphony Orchestra launched BSO NOW, an expanded online presence with newly recorded hour-long video streams by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons and guest conductors; the Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart; and BSO musicians in chamber music, as well as BSO Youth and Family Concerts, under the direction of Thomas Wilkins, and special projects featuring the orchestra’s educational and community partnerships. Most BSO NOW video streams will also feature a magazine-type segment, with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more. All BSO NOW newly recorded programs will be released on select Thursdays at noon through April 29, at www.bso.org/now, with each program remaining available for 30 days after its initial posting. The BSO, Pops, and youth-focused video performances will be recorded from the stage of Symphony Hall—widely considered one of the top three acoustic concert halls in the world—which will also be featured for all its beautiful detail and historic significance.

Over the next few months, BSO NOW will also stream some selected performances from the BSO Archives, including concerts led by Seiji Ozawa, William Steinberg, and Colin Davis, with further details to be announced at a later date.

Additional BSO NOW programming details, March-April, will be announced at a later date in order for the BSO to respond effectively to any changes in restrictions that might be implemented around official COVID-19 protocols. Previously released BSO NOW streams, no longer available, include Ken-David Masur leading the BSO in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Ives’ The Unanswered Question; Thomas Wilkins conducting the BSO in works by Jessie Montgomery, Ellington, and Still; Marcelo Lehninger leading the orchestra in works by Copland, Barber, and Joan Tower; and Keith Lockhart leading a Holiday Pops concert stream.

[Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Eroica Symphony]
On January 6, 2021, Andris Nelsons returned for the first time to Symphony Hall in nearly a year.  (Photo credit: Aram Boghosian)

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE PROGRAMMING CREATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CONCERT CANCELLATIONS

BSO NOW—the BSO’s expanded digital content series to be recorded at Symphony Hall and made available through bso.org/now beginning on November 19—is part of the BSO’s continuing series of online offerings created in response to the live performance hiatus imposed by regulations around the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing health crisis. In response to this hiatus from live performances, the BSO launched its expanded digital offerings on March 26 with BSO at Home and BSO HomeSchool, followed by Boston Pops at Home (all available at www.bso.org), the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival (www.tanglewood.org), and Encore BSO Recitals (www.bso.org), available through November 19. The success of these programs, which have generated millions of interactions—both directly with the actual online content and indirectly through posts on the orchestra’s social media channels about that content—has been an inspiration for the orchestra to continue to explore new ways of reaching its music community and beyond with new, innovative, and compelling programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

[January performers]

As of March 13, 2020, and continuing on through April 2021 and possibly beyond, the orchestra has been forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 BSO Youth Concert Series and 2019-20 BSO season and the entire 2020 Boston Pops, 2020 Tanglewood, 2020 Holiday Pops, and 2020-21 BSO seasons. The series of announcements detailing the full slate of cancellations by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, beginning on March 13, can be found here.

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

INFORMATION ON THE BSO’S REOPENING STRATEGY FOR ITS BSO NOWONLINE RECORDING SCHEDULE AT SYMPHONY HALL

Working with 9 Foundations, Inc., the BSO’s reopening strategy for its BSO NOW online recording schedule at Symphony Hall will include a robust testing schedule, two layers of daily screening, social distancing, universal masking, engineering controls, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. (Click here for additional details.) In addition, BSO musicians will sit on a 35.5 foot stage extension—more than doubling the size of the stage—especially built to accommodate official social distancing requirements between orchestra members.

With the health and safety of everyone involved the highest priority, the BSO will continually monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston, as well as its own team of experts, to determine when it can gradually start inviting audiences bad to Symphony Hall and its other venues. The timing of this process will not be known for at least several months. All official Boston Symphony Orchestra updates will be announced through press releases and postings on www.bso.org.

[Mary Ferrillo plays Ulysses Kay]

SPONSORSHIPS

BSO SEASON SPONSORS:
Bank of America is the Lead BSO Season Sponsor for the 2020-21 season, supporting the Music in Changing Times programming and other BSO digital offerings, including the launch of the essential workers program. Arbella Insurance Foundation, a longtime sponsor, is continuing its major sponsorship for the 15th season as the “Music for All” sponsor, supporting our education and outreach programs so that everyone has access to great classical music in our community. Fairmont Copley Plaza, Official Hotel of the BSO, and Commonwealth Worldwide Executive Transportation, the Official Chauffeured Transportation of the BSO, will support our artists and recording crew’s travel needs for the newly recorded online video content.

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