Fall concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Following the season-opening concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons conducts the ensemble for two more riveting programs featuring world-renowned soloists. On September 26, 27, 28, & October 1, Nelsons leads Beethoven and Strauss featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich. The exceptional Italian-born violinist will interpret Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a pinnacle of the violin repertoire. Rounding out the program is Strauss’ 1903 tone poem Symphonia domestica, a work that depicts a day in the life of the composer with his family. These performances are part of Nelsons’ and the BSO’s ongoing focus on Strauss’ works.
On October 3, 4, & 5, Nelsons conducts Lee, Shostakovich, and Smetana featuring pianist Yuja Wang and BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs. Ms. Wang returns to Symphony Hall to perform one of her signature works, Shostakovich’s brightly powerful Piano Concerto No. 1, which includes virtuosic exchanges between the pianist and a solo trumpet, here the BSO’s principal trumpet, Thomas Rolfs. The program also includes American composer James Lee III’s celebratory, at times mysterious Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula, a ten-minute work referring to the autumnal Feast of the Tabernacles, and Bedřich Smetana’s patriotic orchestral cycle Má Vlast (“My Country”), colorful and widely varying musical pictures evoking the composer’s Czech homeland.