High expectations in advance of the BSO Verdi Requiem led by Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood on July 27

ON SATURDAY, JULY 27 ANDRIS NELSONS MAKES HIS FIRST BSO APPEARANCE
FOLLOWING HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE ORCHESTRA’S NEXT MUSIC DIRECTOR

Update 7/24/13: Conductor Carlo Montanaro will step in for Andris Nelsons for the performance of the Verdi Requiem on Saturday, July 27 since Maestro Nelsons had an accident at home which resulted in a severe enough injury the doctors have forbidden him to fly. Full story at [link].

In what is sure to be a celebratory moment for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its audience, Andris Nelsons, in his first Boston Symphony concert since being appointed the orchestra’s next music director, will lead a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Saturday, July 27, at 8:30 p.m. The work, one of the most dynamic and dramatic in the classical repertoire is a fitting work for a new beginning for the youngest music director to ever lead the BSO.

Andris Nelsons at Tanglwood July 27 to lead the BSO in Verdi's monumental Requiem.

Andris Nelsons at Tanglwood July 27 to lead the BSO in Verdi’s monumental Requiem.

Singing the demanding solo parts are soprano Kristīne Opolais (wife of Andris Nelsons), mezzo-soprano Lioba Braun, tenor Dmytro Popov (all three intheir BSO debuts), bass Ferruccio Furlanetto; the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also be featured. This performance of Verdi’s Requiem pays tribute to thebicentennial of the composer’s birth in 1813.The Requiem, composed in memory of the Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, a hero of Verdi’s, combines all of the composer’s dramatic talent and the soaring vocal writing familiar from his operas with the traditional Requiem mass structure.

On May 16, Andris Nelsons was appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. At 34 years old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post. Andris Nelsons will take on the title of BSO Music Director in the 2014-15 season for an initial five year commitment; Mr. Nelsons will also lead several programs each season at Tanglewood. Maestro Nelsons will act as BSO Music Director Designate for the BSO’s 2013-14 season.

Much More Music that Weekend

Christoph Eschenbach.

Christoph Eschenbach.

Distinguished German conductor Christoph Eschenbach, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra podium for two Tanglewood program, Friday, July 26, and Sunday, July 28. On Friday, at 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, he leads the orchestra in an all-Mozart program that features soprano Christine Schäfer in the concert aria for soprano, piano, and orchestra “Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato bene,” K.505, considered one of Mozart’s greatest achievements in the genre. Maestro Eschenbach conducts the piece from the keyboard as he performs its difficult piano obbligato part. He is also conductor and soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K.414. To close the program, he leads the BSO in the composer’s final symphony, No. 41, Jupiter.

On Sunday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m., Mr. Eschenbach returns to the podium and joins the BSO in welcoming American pianist and frequent Tanglewood guest Garrick Ohlsson for Prokofiev’s exuberant Piano Concerto No. 3. Composed between 1917 and 1921, most of the work on the concerto was done during the summer of 1921, which Prokofiev spent in a town on the coast in Brittany. A mainstay of the modern concerto repertoire, it is one of the composer’s most popular works. Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and the beloved Symphony No. 9, From the New World, round out the program.

Steve Miller Band on Monday

On Monday, July 29, legendary classic rock group Steve Miller Band brings its iconic sound to Tanglewood for a 7 p.m. performance in the Shed. Famous since the early 1970s, the band boasts a long line of hit singles including “Space Cowboy,” “The Joker” (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year), “Take the Money and Run,” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” and has sold more than 30 million records. Its most recent release, Let Your Hair Down, debuted in 2011.

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