THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ONLINE AND RADIO
ENCORE BSO RECITALS—A THURSDAY NOONTIME CONCERT STREAM AT WWW.BSO.ORG; BSO HOMESCHOOL—AN EDUCATION RESOURCE AVAILABLE NOW AT YOUTUBE.COM/BOSTONSYMPHONY; AND A BSO RADIO CONCERT BROADCAST AND STREAM, SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ON WCRB, 99.5 FM AND WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG
THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL BSO ONLINE OFFERINGS
• Encore BSO Recitals stream features BSO trombonists Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, James Markey, and Principal Tuba Mike Roylance in BSO-commissioned brass works and arrangements by African-American composers Kevin Day, Clarence Hines, and Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes, as well as Beethoven’s String Trio in G, Op. 9, No. 1, played by Associate Concertmaster Alexander Velinzon, violist Danny Kim, and cellist Adam Esbensen. Available for viewing at www.bso.org beginning Thursday, October 15 at noon through November 14; the Encore BSO Recitals series is offered as a nine-concert series for a donation of $25 through www.bso.org.
Click here to view a full listing of the nine-week Encore BSO Recitals series.
• BSO HomeSchool spotlights BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkinsin an online conducting tutorial recorded last spring. Addressing the subject of leadership principles, this week’s segment is available free of charge at youtube.com/bostonsymphony.
THIS WEEK’S BSO RADIO BROADCAST AND STREAM ON 99.5 WCRB-FM AND WWW.CLASSICALWCRB.ORG
• WCRB radio broadcast and stream features Hannu Lintu leading the BSO in Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, and Seong-Jin Cho is the soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2; the broadcast airs on Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m.
BSO Associate Concertmaster Alexander Velinzon, pianist Seong-Jin Cho, BSO Principal Tuba Mike Roylance, BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS IN GREATER DETAIL: THIS WEEK’S ONLINE AND RADIO OFFERINGS AND THE BSO’S INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW 2020 COLLEGE CARD ONLINE
ENCORE BSO RECITALS, AVAILABLE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, STARTING AT NOON AT WWW.BSO.ORG
This concert opens with Beethoven’s String Trio in G, one of a set of three string trios representing the composer’s most important and substantial chamber music works of the 1790s. The concert continues with a potpourri of music for low brass instruments ranging from Gabrieli’s late 16th-century canzona and Contrapunctus IX from J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue to a high-velocity work by West Virginia-born composer Kevin Day and a tribute to the musical society Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia by Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes.
Click here for a sneak peek of Kevin Day’s Ignition, performed by BSO brass players
Program Listing: Encore BSO Recitals, Thursday, October 15—releases at noon at www.bso.org and is available through Saturday, November 14
BEETHOVEN String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1
Alexander Velinzon, violin; Danny Kim, viola; Adam Esbensen, cello
GABRIELI (trans. Mark LEWIS) Canzona Seconda
J.S. BACH (arr. Glenn SMITH) Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Kevin DAY Ignition
ELLINGTON (arr. Clarence HINES) Come Sunday
Chad “Sir Wick” HUGHES Tribute to Sinfonia
DEBUSSY Trois Chansons
Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, James Markey, trombones; Mike Roylance, tuba
Some Background on the Encore BSO Recitals Series
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Encore BSO Recitals is an eclectic nine-week online concert series spotlighting 50 musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in small ensembles and giving viewers a rare opportunity to experience the individual artistry of many of the musicians who make up the world-renowned ensemble. With newly recorded musician intros and special live Q&As accompanying select programs, the Encore BSO Recitals series reprises programming initially recorded and aired this past summer for the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.
Performances in the Encore BSO Recitals series will be released each Thursday at noon, September 17-November 12. The series as a multiple-stream package, accessible through www.bso.org, is available for a minimum donation of $25; all subscribers to the 2019-20 BSO Symphony Hall season and Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will be able to enjoy the online content free of charge. Most of the Encore BSO Recitals will be available for viewing for up to 30 days, with the entire season coming to a close on November 19. Click here to view the complete listing for the nine-week Encore BSO Recitalsprograms and description of the highlights of the Encore BSO Recitals programs. Click here to view a quote from BSO President and CEO Mark Volpe about Encore BSO Recitals.
BSO HOMESCHOOL, AVAILABLE NOW
For this week, BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkinscontinues his series of BSO HomeSchool online tutorials with the subject of leadership conducting principles. The video is currently available here. BSO HomeSchool—an educational resource for anyone who wants to learn more about music—includes an archive of Youth and Family Concerts lesson plans created by the BSO Educators Advisory Council, as well as videos created by BSO musicians that cover a wide variety of topics and include demonstrations, excerpt tutorials, and more. Further details are available at www.bso.org/bsohomeschool. Mr. Wilkins’ complete title is BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor.
ENCORE BSO RADIO BROADCAST ON WCRB 99.5 FM AND CLASSICALWCRB.ORG ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, AT 8 P.M., HOSTED BY RON DELLA CHIESA
For this week’s BSO encore concert broadcast and stream on WCRB 99.5 and classicalwcrb.org, 2015 winner of the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, Seong-Jin Cho, performs Prokofiev’s difficult but sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu (right) also leads Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, probably his most widely popular symphony. The composer’s folk-music-influenced but unique and sophisticated voice is clearly heard in this beloved piece. Lintu also introduces to the BSO repertoire music by the contemporary Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose work has a physical, protean power not unrelated to Sibelius’ music. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, and her music has been performed by such ensembles as the New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. For more information about future WCRB encore broadcasts, please go to classicalwcrb.org.
BSO INTRODUCES COLLEGE CARD ONLINE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19-RELATED PERFORMANCE HIATUS
The BSO College Card is designed to encourage students and aspiring young musicians to experience the BSO on a regular basis, with over 145,000 College Cards distributed since the program’s inception. In response to the live performance hiatus surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is introducing new College Card offerings. For a one-time fee of $20 (instead of the $30 charged during recent seasons) students will be able to access all paid online content at www.bso.org, including Encore BSO Recitals and BSO HomeSchool content. In addition, cardholders are eligible to participate in biweekly Zoom webinars demonstrating career pathways to the BSO and the arts in general, starting on Wednesday, October 7. Other benefits include access to exclusive archival content and other special presentations. For more information, visit www.bso.org/collegecard.
DETAILS ON BSO’S CONTINUING ONLINE OFFERINGS DURING LIVE PERFORMANCE HIATUS DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Encore BSO Recital series and BSO HomeSchool 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. 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 will continue to monitor recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as confer with its own team of medical experts on matters related to an eventual reopening. All updates on this subject will be announced through press releases and postings on www.bso.org. Please note: Later in October, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will announce details of its new digital content series to be recorded at Symphony Hall and made available through www.bso.org in November and December.
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.
Old Fashioned Hospitality