Plan ahead for a new BSO season

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2022-23 celebration begins on September 22.

Andris Nelsons

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season is absolutely abounding with music from every imaginable corner of the classical continuum. Music Director Andris Nelsons will be leading 13 programs, but the BSO will also feature a series of familiar conductors as well as many who are stepping up to the Symphony Hall podium for the first time.

Among those returning are Thomas Adès, Alan Gilbert, and Giancarlo Guerrero. Making their debuts are Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Omer Meir Wellber, Karina Canellakis, and Lahav Shani. Batons will also be wielded by BSO assistant conductors Anna Rakitina and Earl Lee, and Artistic Advisor Thomas Wilkins.


Of course, the meat of the matter with the BSO is the music. To borrow a term from the world of rock concerts, here are some topnotch “set lists” scheduled between opening night (Sept. 22) and closing night (May 6).

Sept. 22-23: Nelsons conducts Awadagin Pratt performing J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto in A, and Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds for piano and string orchestra. Also, John Williams’ “A Toast!,” and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”

Oct. 13-15: Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Emanuel Axe playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18, along with Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy,” Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin,” and George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.

Nov. 25-26: Anna Rakitina conducts pianist Inon Barnatan in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, as well as Elena Langer’s Suite from “Figaro Gets a Divorce” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Jan. 5-7: Omer Meir Wellber conducts Midori playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Ella Milch-Sheriff’s “The Eternal Stranger,” and two Beethoven pieces, Marcia funebre from Symphony No. 3, and Leonore Overture No. 3.

Feb. 9-12: Nelsons conducts cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo: Rhapsody Hébraïque,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and a BSO-commissioned world premiere by Carlos Simon.


Feb. 16-18: Lahav Shani conducts Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the keyboard for Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances.”

April 20-22: Nelsons conducts violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in a performance of Thomas Adès’ Air for violin and orchestra, and two pieces by Sibelius – Luonnotar (sung by Golda Schultz) and Symphony No. 5.

The BSO also offers some bravura thematic programming in the form of a three-week festival (March 3-18) titled “Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope.” It features Uri Caine’s “The Passion of Octavius Catto” (March 3-5), Anthony Davis’ “You Have the Right to Remain Silent” (March 9-11), and Julia Wolfe’s “Her Story” (March 16-18).

These are merely highlights from a remarkable season. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit

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