November Concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

This month, Andris Nelsons continues leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in five thrilling concert programs. His upcoming performances feature American premieres of pieces newly commissioned for the BSO by Andris Dzenītis and Mark-Anthony Turnage, as well as orchestral works by Haydn, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky.

He begins the month conducting a London-oriented program on November 1, 2, 3, & 6. The program showcases Haydn’s Symphony No. 93, a piece part of the composer’s twelve London symphonies, and concluding the program is Elgar’s haunting Enigma Variations. A highlight of the evening is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield, making its American premiere.

On November 8, 9, 10, & 13, Nelsons leads the American premiere of Andris Dzenītis’ orchestral work Māra, a BSO co-commission with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s first symphony, a piece that he wrote while he was a student at the Leningrad Conservatory. Completing the program is Tchaikovsky’s vibrant and beloved ballet The Nutcracker, just in time for the holiday season.

Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, a longtime collaborator of Nelsons, will join the ensemble  in performances on November 15, 16, 17, & 19. Mr. Hardenberger is the soloist in HK Gruber’s Aerial, a concerto for trumpet and orchestra, and following Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a transformative work which he encoded a musical love letter to his beloved fiancée Alma Schindler in the famous Adagietto section of the forth movement.

Further performances on November 23, 24, & 27 feature Nelsons conducting the BSO in an all-Beethoven program. The evening begins with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, a piece filled with lyricism and deep powerful spirit. Following is Beethoven’s monumental Fifth Symphony, considered one of the composer’s greatest musical works.

The whirlwind month ends with performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on November 29, 30, & December 1. Additional soloists include soprano Carolyn Sampson, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp, and baritone Andrè Schuen with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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