- One ticket to the BPYO Winter Concert on Friday, November 15, at 8 p.m. or the BPO November Concert on Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 22 or Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m., or Sunday, November 24, at 3 p.m.
- Door time: 90 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
BPYO Winter Concert
Kicking off The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's new season, the winter concert showcases a variety of musical styles from four different countries.
- Verdi–Overture to La Forza del destino: The movements of this Italian piece are as unpredictable as the opera that follows it, beginning with furious strings that give way to regal yet intimidating brass, and a climax anchored backed by thundering tympani.
- Gandolfi–Garden of Cosmic Speculation: Written under commission by a Boston-based composer, Garden consists of 11 movements that can be performed in any order. The BPYO will play two of the movements, which swirl with beauty and spontaneity.
- Ravel–Piano Concert in G: Pianist Christopher O'Riley of From the Top fame closes the first half of the evening with French-born Ravel's mournful piano composition.
- Shostakovich–Symphony No. 5: The second half of the concert is devoted entirely to Shostakovich's somber strains, which were written to convey his grief over the state of Stalinist Russia.
BPO November Concert
- Weber–Overture to Der Freischütz: With melodies synthesized from German folk music, Weber's overture is at times magical, and, at others, ominous. The duality perfectly introduces Der Freischütz, an opera that takes place in a nighttime forest filled with spirits.
- Bartók–Violin Concerto No. 2: Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja shows off the fiery nonconformity and improvisational skill that led the Financial Times to rave about her "quicksilver artistry."
- Brahms–Symphony No. 2: In a direct contrast to Weber's earlier nocturnal overture, the orchestra conjures the daytime by playing Brahms' cheery, pastoral movements, then throwing fistfuls of grass at the audience.
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
In 1979, conductor Benjamin Zander assembled 96 musicians of all stripes, with students, professional players, and amateurs practitioners dedicating themselves to performing music together. That diversity still holds true today. As the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra proudly states on their website, "The professionals maintain the highest standard, the students keep the focus on training and education, and the gifted amateurs...remind everybody that music-making is an expression of enthusiasm and love."
Such enthusiasm has attracted an all-star lineup of renowned soloists; Yo-Yo Ma, Oscar Shumsky, and Russell Sherman have all played with the BPO at various venues throughout Boston and the Northeast. Most concerts are preceded by lectures from Zander—who still serves as Maestro—to help audiences further understand the music. Discussions often cover the works' structures and when to listen for the timpanist's syncopated hiccups.