Maestra Alsop returns to the stage for the first time this season with the delightfully comic Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Strauss and COLOR FIELD, a BSO commission and world premiere from composer Anna Clyne. Audience favorite Lukáš Vondráček reunites with Marin as he takes on Rachmaninoff’s epic Piano Concerto No. 2.
Skull and Bones is a symphonic showcase meets Halloween rave. Classic orchestra showpieces like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, “Mars” from The Planets, Danse macabre, and the finale of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony are played in their original form then remixed and combined with electronic beats; layered with vocal stems of Post Malone, Muse, Drake, and Kanye West; and woven into dancehall floor-killers.
Christoph König leads a dramatic program featuring Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Often overshadowed by her husband, Clara Schumann was an accomplished concert pianist and child prodigy. Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, of the prodigiously talented Kanneh-Mason family, presents the BSO premiere of Clara's concerto. Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, instantly recognizable from the soundtrack of Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, concludes the program.
New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New, recently named the 2021 recipient of The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, leads a program of works that draw inspirations from art and the sea. Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture and Debussy’s La mer take listeners on a journey through the misty winds and waves of Scottish and French seas. Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light pulls emotions from letters exchanged between painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann leads the BSO in Edvard Grieg’s First Suite from Peer Gynt, featuring the hypnotic “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Another piece rich in folk flavor is Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony with its nostalgic portrait of the Czech countryside and rollicking dances. Haydn wrote his Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major as a charming showpiece for an unusual combination of solo instruments — violin, cello, oboe, and bassoon. Bright in spirit and full of wit, this work will show off the solo skills of four of the BSO’s talented musicians.