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Andris Nelsons emphasizes orchestral friendships and family in BSO's new season

New Boston Symphony Orchestra Director Andris Nelsons is thrilled about Boston.

BSO's 15th Music Director Andris Nelson conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
BSO's 15th Music Director Andris Nelson conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Courtesy of Marco Borggreve/Boston Symphony Orchestra
Latvian Music Director Andris Nelsons adds Scandinavian, Slovanic, as well as popular favorite to the upcoming season's repertoire!
Courtesy of Marco Borggreve/Boston Symphony Orchestra

Anticipation ran high on Wednesday, March 5 as Andris Nelsons headlined a live rehearsal and unveiled the upcoming 2014-2015 Boston Symphony Orchestra season. The newly appointed 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was a combination of warmth, passion, and humbleness as he shared his vision of his first season.

Andris is making his first season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra an instrument for Boston to get to know him through his music selections this season. He will explore Slovanic music as part of his heritage as well as Vienna classics and Strauss. He also emphasized the importance of family and friendship as themes in the upcoming season.

“It is an extreme privilege exploring this music and introducing many musical friendships,” Andris enthused, “Friendship is the key for the next season, our family feeling together, and enlarging it into society and into Boston as a city.”

Adding a deeply personal touch to the very first concert of the 2014-2015 season, Andris Nelsons’s is opening with selections from Wagner that first inspired him to become a composer on Saturday, September 27. His wife and renowned opera singer Kristine Opolaius will be a soloist. Tenor Jonas Kauffmann will also make his first appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. See the slideshow for some of the guest artists of the new season.

Leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in ten programs, Andris will follow the opening concert with timeless favorites from Beethoven, Bartok, and Tchaikovsky from Thursday, October 9 through Saturday, October 11. The season will also feature an appearance from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with John Oliver as conductor and Yo-Yo Ma on cello for an evening of Harbison, Prokofiev, Esenvalds, and Rachmaninoff from Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22.

The new Music Director will also conduct Don Quixote by Strauss, Hayden, and Brahms from Thursday, January 8 through Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Among the special guests in the new season, returning conductors include Marcelo Lehninger in September 2014, Stephane Deneve in February 2015, Charles Dutoit in February and March 2015, as well as BSO conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink in April 2015. Accomplished soloists make their first appearance at Symphony Hall such as Rosemary Joshua in October 2014, Tugan Sokhiev in January 2015, Tenor Pavel Cernoch and Soprano Victoria Yastrebova in November 2014.

Andris expressed his enthusiasm about the Boston Symphony Orchestra traveling around the world to different venues. He feels that different concert halls enhance the orchestra’s experience, and upon returning to Symphony Hall, the orchestra has an added energy. Andris Nelsons expressed his aspirations for the orchestra to travel to Japan and South America.

This new music director is thrilled with every aspect of his new position in Boston and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, awed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s long and renowned history. He will make another appearance around Boston on Sunday, March 23.

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