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Boston Symphony Announces First Season with Andris Nelsons
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 03:00 PM
The Andris Nelsons era at the Boston Symphony Orchestra began to take shape on Wednesday, as the BSO's 15th music director announced plans for his first season.
Nelsons will conduct 10 programs at Boston's Symphony Hall, along with three concerts at Carnegie Hall, three programs at Tanglewood in 2015 and an eight-city European tour that same summer.
He will make his debut in the new capacity conducting the orchestra in a gala vocal program on Sept. 27 with his wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann. The program will open with Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture, which Nelsons said was the first piece he ever heard in an opera house – at age five – and “made me want to be a conductor."
Details of the 2014-15 season were announced Wednesday afternoon at Symphony Hall and streamed live on the BSO’s website.
Over the course of the season, Nelsons will also focus on large symphonies by Mahler, Bruckner, Shostakovich and Sibelius, plus Strauss tone poems, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Bartok’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.
A few programs will pay homage to Nelsons’s Latvian roots and feature his favorite collaborators. The Latvian violinist Baiba Skride will join the BSO for a performance of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium and Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will be represented with a new work for chorus and orchestra (featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus). In addition, the Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger will give the American premiere of Australian composer Dean Brett’s Trumpet Concerto, Dramatis personae.
Nelsons, 35, appears to be settling into the new position. He said he is currently in the market for a three-bedroom apartment in Boston but in the meantime, his wife and daughter are based in Riga, Latvia. “I’m quite aware that she's in Riga still,” he joked.