Boston Symphony Orchestra Announces Free ‘Concert for the City’

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a free “Concert for the City” on May 5, 2024. The showcase will feature the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestra alongside the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Wilkins, and James Burton conducting. The program includes works by Simon, Copland, Gabriela Ortiz, Coleridge-Taylor, Ellington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bernstein. “We are so excited to {…}

Susan Graham, Renée Fleming, Amanda Majeski, Christina Goerke & J’Nai Bridges Lead Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2024-25 Season

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the vocal performance. Andris Nelsons conducts the opening night concert with Lang Lang and Gina Alice Redlinger as well as Susan Graham and Keila Wakao. The program includes music by Carlos Simon, Ravel, Canteloube, Saint-Saens, and Ravel. Performance Date: Sept. 19, 2024  Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s {…}

Boston Symphony Orchestra 2023-24 Review: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Photo: Winslow Townson The first time my partner watched Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” he couldn’t believe that the composer ever thought a Stalinist regime would be pleased with the opera. The “in-your-face” power of the work made him—a (handsome) man whose political convictions ponder between socialism and cowboyism—find endearing that ‘Shosta’ could not see his censoring coming. Even today, {…}

Boston Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Ligeti’s Centennial with the Ligeti 100 festival

In November, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2023–24 season will be marked by the Ligeti 100 festival from Nov. 12 to 19, celebrating the 100th anniversary of György Ligeti’s birth. Ligeti, a pivotal 20th-century composer, faced significant challenges, from wartime hardships to Soviet-era censorship. He gained widespread recognition, particularly for his music featured in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” On {…}