THIS WEEK: THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ONLINE AND RADIO BROADCAST OFFERINGS
NEW CONTENT: US: SESSIONS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BOSTON HIP-HOP GROUP STL GLD, THOMAS WILKINS, AND BSO MUSICIANS EXPLORES THE SYNERGY BETWEEN ARTISTS OF DIFFERENT GENRES FOR SPECIAL SIX VIDEO ONLINE SERIES, LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 2-13 AT BSO.ORG/STLGLD
ENCORE BSO RECITALS—A CONCERT STREAM FEATURING BSO MUSICIANS IN MUSIC OF COPLAND, BRAHMS, AND JAMES LEE III, AVAILABLE STARTING ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, AT NOON AT WWW.BSO.ORG
A BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT BROADCAST ON CRB CLASSICAL 99.5 FM AND WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG, FEATURING THE BSO IN MUSIC OF SCHUMANN, LIZST, AND UNSUK CHIN, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KEN-DAVID MASUR, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, AT 8 P.M
US: SESSIONS: A UNIQUE VIDEO COLLABORATION BETWEEN MOE POPE AND STL GLD, THOMAS WILKINS, AND MEMBERS OF THE BSO, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 29 THROUGH NOVEMBER 13, FREE OF CHARGE AT BSO.ORG/STLGLD
• Monday, November 2: Us: Session 2: Moe Pope, Thomas Wilkins, and Janos Fulop
• Wednesday, November 4: Us: Session 3: Rachel Childers, Dzidzor, and Julia Easterlin
• Friday, November 6: Us: Session 4: Suzanne Nelsen, Christopher Talken, and Lawrence Wolfe
ENCORE BSO RECITALS: A NINE-WEEK ONLINE VIDEO SERIES FEATURING BSO MUSICIANS IN SOLO AND CHAMBER MUSIC, SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 19, AVAILABLE FOR A DONATION OF $25 THROUGH WWW.BSO.ORG
• Thursday, November 5, at noon through November 19: BSO Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Ostling performs two works by American composers Aaron Copland and James Lee III, on a program with Brahms’ masterful F minor piano quintet, performed by Alexander Velinzon and Bracha Malkin, violins; Cathy Basrak, viola; Blaise Déjardin, cello; and Jonathan Bass, piano
BSO RADIO BROADCAST AND STREAM ON CRB CLASSICAL 99.5 AND WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG
• Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.: Former BSO Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur leads the BSO in Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”), the American premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Mannequin, and Liszt’s Totentanz, with piano soloist Louie Lortie
THIS MONTH: BSO EXPANDS ITS ONLINE PRESENCE WITH LAUNCH OF BSONOW ON NOVEMBER 19
BSONOW TO FEATURE NEWLY RECORDED HOUR-LONG ONLINE 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, WITH EACH VIDEO LAUNCHING AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW ON SELECT THURSDAYS AT NOON ET, NOVEMBER 19 THROUGH APRIL 29; FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS IN GREATER DETAIL: THIS WEEK’S ONLINE AND RADIO OFFERINGS
THOMAS WILKINS, BSO MUSICIANS, AND MOE POPE AND STL GOLD IN MULTI-VIDEO COLLABORATION, US: SESSIONS, AVAILABLE NOW AT BSO.ORG/STLGLD
This week, on Monday, November 2, in the first of the six video podcasts, Thomas Wilkins joins three members of STL GLD—emcee Moe Pope, producer The Arcitype, and saxophonist Tim Hall (left) for a lively and illuminating conversation with a focus on the value of being open to music of all kinds. On Wednesday, November 4, BSO horn player Rachel Childers, folklorist/storyteller Dzidzor, and singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin join Tim Hall for a discussion ranging from the question “when do you finally feel like a professional artist?” to facing loss and rage. On Friday, November 6, BSO bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen, STL GLD vocalist Christopher Talken, BSO Assistant Principal Bass Lawrence Wolfe, and host Tim Hall discuss the importance of amplifying marginalized voices and the influence of church music.
ENCORE BSO RECITALS, AVAILABLE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, STARTING AT NOON AT WWW.BSO.ORG
Program Listing: Encore BSO Recitals, Thursday, November 5—
releases at noon at www.bso.org and is available through
Thursday, November 19
COPLAND Duo for Flute and Piano
ENCORE BSO RADIO BROADCAST ON CRB CLASSICAL 99.5 FM AND CLASSICALWCRB.ORG ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, AT 8 P.M.
HOSTED BY RON DELLA CHIESA
COMPLIMENTARY ONLINE ACCESS FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND A NEWLY-REVISED ONLINE COLLEGE CARD
In appreciation for the support of essential workers in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Bank of America, is pleased to offer complimentary access to select online concerts and other programs. For additional information about the Essential Workers Program, visit www.bso.org/essential. The BSO also is proud to continue offering access to college students via the newly-revised online College Card program, in partnership with the Arbella Insurance Foundation. For additional information, click here.
BSO EXPANDS ITS ONLINE CONTENT IN NOVEMBER
AND DECEMBER UNDER THE NEW RUBRIC BSONOW
On October 28, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced details of its expanded digital content series BSONOW to be recorded at Symphony Hall and made available through bso.org/now beginning on November 19. Over the next six months, November through April, the BSO is committing to its online video presence on a whole new level, highlighting newly recorded performances by its beloved ensembles—the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras—while also shining a spotlight on individual BSO musicians in chamber music works, its BSO Youth and Family Concerts, and its unique educational and community partnerships. Now under the new rubric BSONOW, this newly recorded online video content, as well as related performances from the BSO Archives, will be released at www.bso.org/now on select Thursdays, at noon, November 19-April 29, and will remain available for 30 days after each 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.
Additional BSONOW programming details, January-April, will be announced on a rolling basis in order for the BSO to respond effectively to any changes in restrictions that might be implemented around official COVID-19 protocols. Click here for a joint statement about BSONOW from Mark Volpe, Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, and Thomas Wilkins. For more information, click here.
BSONOW and the Encore BSO Recital series are 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, currently, 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 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.
THE BSO’S REOPENING STRATEGY FOR ITS BSONOW ONLINE RECORDING SCHEDULE AT SYMPHONY HALL
Working with 9 Foundations, Inc., the BSO’s reopening strategy for its BSONOW 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.
Longstanding major corporate partner Bank of America returns as the BSO Season Sponsor for the 2020-21 season, supporting new virtual educational programs and online access for essential workers to the BSO’s digital offerings.
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 begins its 19th season as the Official Hotel of the BSO.