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BSO announces first season with Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 on January 31, 2013 at Symphony Hall in Boston. Photo credit: Stu Rosner -- 21twood -- 29yearclass 02ticketclass
Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 on January 31, 2013 at Symphony Hall in Boston. Photo credit: Stu Rosner -- 21twood -- 29yearclass 02ticketclass

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Andris Nelsons’ first season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will include 10 Symphony Hall programs and a European tour with stops in Berlin, Cologne, London, Lucerne, and Paris. His first concert this fall will be a gala vocal program with soprano Kristine Opolais, his wife, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

These and other details of the 2014-15 season were announced this afternoon at Symphony Hall.

Nelsons’ 10 programs next year will aim to introduce local audiences to the range of his interests, with several programs built around works that, according to the BSO, “inspired and influenced his life as a musician.” This will include the first work on his opening program, the Overture to Wagner’s “Tannhäuser,” a piece he heard at age 5 and has credited with planting the seeds of his future career. Over the course of next season, he will also lead symphonies by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Bruckner, Beethoven and Mahler as well as Strauss tone poems, Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin,” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

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