Jolas, Ravel and Shostakovich with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

This week, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra continue their survey of the complete symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich with his Twelfth, The Year 1917, in performances on November 7, 8, 9 & 12 at Symphony Hall. Its subtitle refers to the successful Bolshevik Revolution that resulted in the establishment of the communist Soviet Union.

Marking the BSO’s first performances of the complete symphony, Nelsons will also lead the ensemble in the American premiere of the French-American composer Betsy Jolas’ Letters from Bachville. A joint commission with the BSO & Gewandhausorchester, Nelsons led the world premiere of Jolas’ work in September in Leipzig with the GHO. Jolas, who celebrates her 93rd birthday in 2019, has been on the faculty of the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center on several occasions. The outstanding Mitsuko Uchida joins the BSO for Ravel’s scintillating and poignant Piano Concerto in G. Nelsons will lead the BSO in several concerts this month, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, before returning to Leipzig. For more information about his schedule, click here.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

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