Anguish of war permeates Boston Symphony's 2022-23 season
Boston Symphony Tragedies of War FILE — Andris Nelsons conducts a joint concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Germany's visiting Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at Symphony Hall, in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Haunted by the horrors of the war in Ukraine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is sounding a decidedly somber note as it prepares for its 2022-23 season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (Elise Amendola)BOSTON — (AP) — Haunted by the horrors of the war in Ukraine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is sounding a decidedly somber note as it prepares for its 2022-23 season. “This more explicit focus on some of the social and cultural issues of our time is a new direction for a BSO season,” orchestra spokesperson Bernadette Horgan told The Associated Press. Notably, the orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons will perform works by prominent Soviet-era Russian composers as it explores the themes of war, including Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.wftv.com
Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels Europe dates over COVID
BOSTON — (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled its European tour that had been scheduled for next month because of an increase in positive coronavirus cases among orchestra members as well as concerns about the rising number of cases on both sides of the Atlantic. The increase in cases in Europe could potentially disrupt travel during the tour, the BSO said. The decision to cancel was made with “deep regret,” BSO President and CEO Gail Samuel said. “Given the ongoing presence of COVID, brought home by its unfortunate impact on a significant number of our own artists, we must keep as our first priority the health and safety of everyone involved with the Boston Symphony Orchestra," she said. “I am so very sorry for all presenters and audience members who were looking forward to the BSO’s performances, and to all the wonderful teams who spent so much time and energy on making this dream a reality.”The Boston Symphony Orchestra hopes to visit Europe when conditions allow, Samuel said.wftv.com
A hopeful pandemic note: Tanglewood music festival to resume
The event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)If you're a fan of classical music, this is music to your ears: One of the nation's premier summer festivals is coming back after the coronavirus pandemic silenced it for the first time since World War II. Until last year, the live music had flowed virtually uninterrupted, canceled outright only in 1943 at the height of WWII. Ad“I am sure we will all experience music’s incredible power on a whole new level,” Andris Nelsons, the BSO's music director, said in a statement. This summer's festival will mark the orchestra's return to live performances for the first time since the pandemic forced what will be a 16-month hiatus.
Boston, Leipzig orchestras extend Andris Nelsons' contracts
FILE In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons rehearses with the orchestra at Symphony Hall, in Boston. Nelsons has reached agreement on contract extensions with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester of Leipzig, Germany, the parties announced on Monday, Oct. 5. With the three-year contract extension, Nelsons is to remain the BSO's music director through the the 2024-25 season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON – Conductor Andris Nelsons has reached agreement on contract extensions with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester of Leipzig, Germany, the parties announced on Monday. “When Andris Nelsons became BSO Music Director in 2014, we were keenly aware of the great musical gifts he would bring to the orchestra.