A few weeks ago, after his image had appeared on a billboard above the Mass Pike and before he threw the first pitch at Fenway Park on what the city had proclaimed “Andris Nelsons Day,” the 34-year-old Latvian conductor stood in Symphony Hall and looked out at some 850 supporters who had gathered to watch him sign his contract as the next music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The distance, the speed, and the sheer improbability of his journey seemed palpable.
As a child growing up in Latvia, Nelsons had read about the BSO and learned of its conductors through recordings. Addressing the crowd in Symphony Hall, he said, “I’m really half in a dream now.” And then clarified: “Not half. I’m in a dream.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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