After a successful summer European tour, the Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to Symphony Hall for its 2015 – 2016 season. The group opened its season on October 1 to a sold out performance, with an all-Russian program featuring Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto no. 1 with Evgeny Kissin as soloist, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.
This marks the second full season for BMO Music Director Andris Nelsons, who will lead the orchestra through 13 wide-ranging programs including favorite works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart, as well as two performances of Richard Strauss’s Elektra. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the orchestra will also host a three-week celebration through featured works based on texts from Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Guest artists who are expected to perform with BSO this season include pianists Evgeny Kissin, Paul Lewis, Yefim Bronfman, and Nikolai Lugansky; violinist Isabelle Faust; singers Kristine Opolais and Nadezhda Serdyuk; BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe and principal viola Steven Answell; and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Also new this season is the “Casual Fridays” Series – three Friday-evening concerts this season that will feature a relaxed atmosphere and lower ticket prices. Concertgoers are encouraged to come in their favorite casual attire, and are allowed to use tablets provided by the BSO in a designated area in the rear of the orchestra floor. There will also be free pre-concert and post-concert receptions offering live music, snacks, and a cash bar.
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall