Boston Symphony announces details of new Leipzig Gewandhaus partnership

Posted on: March 2, 2017

“As Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons prepares for his new duties at the helm of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the maestro’s twin musical homes are offering new details about their upcoming partnership,” writes Malcolm Gay in Wednesday’s (3/1) Boston Globe. “In Boston, the five-year partnership will feature an annual program known as ‘Leipzig Week in Boston,’ a celebration that includes lectures, archival exhibitions, musician visits, and orchestra and chamber music concerts devoted to the history and repertoire of the Gewandhaus Orchestra…. The BSO will be similarly featured during ‘Boston Week in Leipzig.’…The orchestras are planning a joint European tour in 2022, as well as a Boston concert program that features both symphonies.… Nelsons … will assume the music directorship of the vaunted Leipzig orchestra next February, while also maintaining his long-term post at the BSO. The two orchestras have engaged Harvard musicologist Christoph Wolff to serve as artistic adviser to the alliance, which is set to commence next season.” Also planned are co-commissioned works by Sean Shepherd, Jörg Widmann, Sebastian Currier, and Andris Dzenitis, and exchanges with the Tanglewood Music Center and the Mendelssohn Orchestra Academy.

Posted March 2, 2017