Boston Symphony’s 2016-17 season: contemporary music, artistic partner Adès

Posted on: March 11, 2016

“There’s big news from Symphony Hall this week—and it’s not just the details of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new season,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Thursday’s (3/10) Boston Globe. “The BSO is creating a new ‘Artistic Partner’ position, and it has appointed the eminent British composer Thomas Adès to the post for a three-year term beginning this fall.… Adès … will conduct the BSO in his own music and other repertoire. He also will compose a new BSO-commissioned Piano Concerto, perform as a chamber musician, teach at the Tanglewood Music Center, and direct two upcoming editions of the TMC’s Festival of Contemporary Music.… BSO music director Andris Nelsons … will conduct no fewer than five programs with works by living composers, including new scores by George Benjamin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, and Jörg Widmann…. The BSO will also premiere a new Cello Concerto by Matthias Pintscher, to be performed by Alisa Weilerstein.… For local opera fans, the biggest news will surely be two Nelsons-led concert performances of Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ with Renée Fleming.… Nelsons-led repertoire of note includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6, Brahms’s ‘German Requiem,’ Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s B-minor Mass, and Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7.”

Posted March 11, 2016

Photo of Thomas Adès conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra by Stu Rosner