Boston Symphony concert honors those affected by bombings

Posted on: April 19, 2013

In Friday’s (4/19) Boston Globe, Jeremy Eichler writes, “Nothing in Boston feels routine this week, and this applied to Thursday night’s BSO concert as well. Wearing a bright colored Marathon jacket, assistant principal violist Cathy Basrak [pictured], who ran in this year’s race, explained from the stage that the BSO was dedicating its performance to all those affected by Monday’s bombings. (The orchestra also made free tickets available to that group.) The program itself, devised long before the week’s tragic events, also happened to be highly unusual as it was performed primarily without a conductor. Modeled on a similar program last season, different sections of the orchestra were showcased separately, each in its own choice of repertoire, and then the BSO as a whole came together for the final work—Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’—itself a piece about the sections of the orchestra. Throughout the night, spoken introductions from members of the various sections lent the concert a personal and refreshingly unscripted touch. … Hearing violinist Haldan Martinson speak with sincerity about his own epiphany in a Brahms symphony, or bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen joking about her childhood on a pig farm in Alberta, Canada, helped bring that point home to Thursday’s audience, which seemed to relish the night’s departure in tone.”

Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Boston Globe

Posted April 19, 2013