- $35 for price-level C seating (up to $71 value)
- $45 for price-level A or B seating (up to $91 value)
The Pastoral Symphony
Guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru (The Philadelphia Orchestra) leads the Symphony through two pieces that summon the spirit of spring. Preceding one of Beethoven’s symphonies with a composition from 2008, the old mixes with the new in a program that aims to re-create the feeling of an outdoor breeze right inside the concert hall.
- Gandolfi—Garden of Cosmic Speculation: Written under commission by a Boston-based composer and inspired by a sculptural garden in Scotland, Garden earned a Grammy nomination in 2008. The New World Symphony will play the first of the 11 movements, which can be performed in any order.
- Beethoven—Symphony No. 6: Sometimes called Pastoral, the piece marvels at nature’s beauty and power in five movements. Woodwinds and playful strings create calling birds, a bubbling brook, the songs of shepherds, and a thunderous storm in spring.
New World Symphony
Most people would feel spread thin if they were running orchestras on both sides of the country. But most people aren't Michael Tilson Thomas. One of America's most famous conductors, composers, and tuxedo-wearers, Tilson Thomas has remained the artistic director of the New World Symphony since he founded it in 1987, even after becoming musical director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. This is because the Miami-based orchestra feeds a need for Tilson Thomas: that of remaining at the forefront of symphonic trends, in a laboratory where top musical graduates can explore performance and compositional opportunities. But new works from students and professionals aren't the only thing on the New World Symphony's docket—every year, ticket-holders can expect a thrilling lineup of the classical masters who built the genre.