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 TODAY AT NOON WITH THE RELEASE OF A BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE UNDER THE BANNER NEW BEGINNINGS, AVAILABLE AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW
BSO YOUTH AND FAMILY CONCERTS CONDUCTOR THOMAS WILKINS LEADS THE ORCHESTRA IN KAREEM ROUSTOM’S ALEPPO SONGS, PIAZZOLLA’S ACONCAGUA, CONCERTO FOR BANDONEÓN AND ORCESTRA, WITH SOLOIST HECTOR DEL CURTO, AND HINDEMITH’S MATHIS DER MALER SYMPHONY
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 NOW ONLINE VIDEOS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING FOR 30 DAYS AFTER EACH INITIAL RELEASE DATE
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
BSO NOW Upcoming Online Releases on January 21 and 28
• 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
Previously Released BSO NOW Stream on January 14, Available Through February 13 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
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.
Thomas Wilkins, Anna Rakitina, Gil Shaham, Stefan Asbury
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
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Iman Habibi, Hannah Kendall, Carlos Simon
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
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
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 23: 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
FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT STREAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THOMAS WILKINS, LAUNCHING ON JANUARY 21
On Thursday, January 21, at noon, at www.bso.org/now, the BSO NOW concert streaming platform will feature Thomas Wilkins and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program that examines the role of place and home in an artist’s experience—the second in a series of three new January BSO NOW streams with the theme “New Beginnings.” Syrian-born, Boston-based composer Kareem Roustom embraces the land of his youth in three of his Aleppo Songs, based on urban folk music of that ancient city. Although he grew up largely in New York City, the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla’s musical “home” was Buenos Aires and the tango, which he transformed with unique sophistication. Hector Del Curto (left) channels Piazzolla’s spirit as soloist in the composer’s bandoneón concerto Aconcagua, named for an Argentine mountain. Paul Hindemith remained true to his artistic principles even in light of his oppression by the Third Reich, which led to his immigration to the U.S. in 1940. His 1934 Symphony, Mathis der Maler, an orchestral parallel to his opera of the same name, concerns the Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald’s struggle for artistic freedom during a time of social strife. This BSO NOW stream will be available for viewing through February 20 at www.bso.org/now.
Concluding this episode is Atlanta-born composer Carlos Simon’s brief string quartet Warmth from Other Suns, which references the great Black writer Richard Wright’s quote about the Great Migration of the 20th century, in which millions of African Americans left the Jim Crow South to seek new lives in the North. BSO musicians featured in this work include Victor Romanul and Wendy Putnam, violins; Mary Ferrillo, viola; and Adam Esbensen, cello. Dynamic magazine-style features will focus on the bandoneón with soloist Hector Del Curto, plus a conversation with Kareem Roustom as part of a feature on composers finding their artistic voice far from their place of birth. For complete program notes of the January 21 BSO NOW concert stream, click here.
BSO cellist Adam Esbensen, violist Mary Ferrillo, violinists Victor Romanul and Wendy Putnam
Click here for further details about the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s BSO NOW streams on January 28, February 11, 18, and 25.
Thomas Wilkins is Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Advisor, Education and Community Engagement, holding the orchestra’s Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Chair. The director of the concert portions of the BSO NOW series is Habib Azar.
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.
On January 6, 2021, Andris Nelsons returned for the first time to Symphony Hall in nearly a year. (Photo credit: Aram Boghosian)
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.
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.
INFORMATION ON THE BSO’S REOPENING STRATEGY
FOR ITS BSO NOW ONLINE 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.
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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