François-Xavier Roth conducts Berlioz, Pintscher and Beethoven featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein

March 23th-25th

Berlioz - Le Corsaire Overture
Matthias Pintscher - un despertar for cello and orchestra (world premiere; BSO co-commission)
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins French conductor François-Xavier Roth for the world premiere of the BSO-commissioned un despertar, for cello and orchestra by German composer Matthias Pintscher, with whom Weilerstein has collaborated in the past. Pintscher, also a noted conductor, is a major figure in classical music in both Europe and the U.S. Opening the program is Hector Berlioz's alternately romantic and swashbuckling Le Corsaire Overture, which, as was often the composer's practice, took shape from earlier sketches. The title is an incidental reference to James Fenimore Cooper's The Red Rover ("Le Corsaire rouge"). Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, is his only explicitly programmatic symphony, a fundamentally cheerful work illustrating a sojourn in the countryside.

About François-Xavier Roth:
François-Xavier Roth (born Paris, 1971) is General Music Director of the City of Cologne, leading both the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Opera. His repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work encompassing all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. In 2003, he founded Les Siècles, an innovative orchestra performing contrasting and colourful programmes on modern and period instruments, often within the same concert.
Roth has just been appointed principal guest conductor at the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra in order to lead the LSO in a three-concert series marking the centenary of Claude Debussy's death in 2018.

Buy tickets here. All orders must be placed 72 hours prior to the performance.


Alain Altinoglu conducts Berlioz, Lalo, Dutilleux and Roussel featuring violinist Renaud Capuçon

March 29th - April 1st

Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Lalo - Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra
Dutilleux - Symphony No. 2, Le Double
Roussel - Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2

French conductor Alain Altinoglu, making his BSO debut, leads this all-French program and is joined by his countryman, the violinist Renaud Capuçon, for Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, written for the great Spanish virtuoso Sarasate in 1874 and a brilliant concerto in all but name. Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture, by turns romantic and exuberant, opens the program. Albert Roussel's Suite No. 2 from his 1930 ballet Bacchus et Ariane was strongly championed with the BSO by Charles Munch. It was also Munch who introduced Henri Dutilleux's music to the orchestra and called for the commission of his atmospheric Symphony No. 2, Le Double, to commemorate the BSO's 75th anniversary.

About Alain Altinoglu:
Alain Altinoglu (born Paris, 1975) is a French conductor of Armenian descent. He studied music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, becoming director of the conducting class at the Conservatoire in 2014. Alain Altinoglu is one of the most popular conductors of his generation, and has often conducted prestigious international orchestras or opera houses such as Chicago Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Ochestra London, Metropolitan Opera New York, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and all three opera houses in Paris.

Buy tickets here. All orders must be placed 72 hours prior to the performance.

Boston Symphony Hall 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

French Music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra!

When
March 23th-25th at 1:30 PM and 8:00PM March 29th - April 1st at 8:00PM
Where
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

François-Xavier Roth conducts Berlioz, Pintscher and Beethoven featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein

March 23th-25th

Berlioz - Le Corsaire Overture
Matthias Pintscher - un despertar for cello and orchestra (world premiere; BSO co-commission)
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins French conductor François-Xavier Roth for the world premiere of the BSO-commissioned un despertar, for cello and orchestra by German composer Matthias Pintscher, with whom Weilerstein has collaborated in the past. Pintscher, also a noted conductor, is a major figure in classical music in both Europe and the U.S. Opening the program is Hector Berlioz's alternately romantic and swashbuckling Le Corsaire Overture, which, as was often the composer's practice, took shape from earlier sketches. The title is an incidental reference to James Fenimore Cooper's The Red Rover ("Le Corsaire rouge"). Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, is his only explicitly programmatic symphony, a fundamentally cheerful work illustrating a sojourn in the countryside.

About François-Xavier Roth:
François-Xavier Roth (born Paris, 1971) is General Music Director of the City of Cologne, leading both the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Opera. His repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work encompassing all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. In 2003, he founded Les Siècles, an innovative orchestra performing contrasting and colourful programmes on modern and period instruments, often within the same concert.
Roth has just been appointed principal guest conductor at the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra in order to lead the LSO in a three-concert series marking the centenary of Claude Debussy's death in 2018.

Buy tickets here. All orders must be placed 72 hours prior to the performance.


Alain Altinoglu conducts Berlioz, Lalo, Dutilleux and Roussel featuring violinist Renaud Capuçon

March 29th - April 1st

Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Lalo - Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra
Dutilleux - Symphony No. 2, Le Double
Roussel - Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2

French conductor Alain Altinoglu, making his BSO debut, leads this all-French program and is joined by his countryman, the violinist Renaud Capuçon, for Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, written for the great Spanish virtuoso Sarasate in 1874 and a brilliant concerto in all but name. Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture, by turns romantic and exuberant, opens the program. Albert Roussel's Suite No. 2 from his 1930 ballet Bacchus et Ariane was strongly championed with the BSO by Charles Munch. It was also Munch who introduced Henri Dutilleux's music to the orchestra and called for the commission of his atmospheric Symphony No. 2, Le Double, to commemorate the BSO's 75th anniversary.

About Alain Altinoglu:
Alain Altinoglu (born Paris, 1975) is a French conductor of Armenian descent. He studied music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, becoming director of the conducting class at the Conservatoire in 2014. Alain Altinoglu is one of the most popular conductors of his generation, and has often conducted prestigious international orchestras or opera houses such as Chicago Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Ochestra London, Metropolitan Opera New York, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and all three opera houses in Paris.

Buy tickets here. All orders must be placed 72 hours prior to the performance.

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