Andris Nelsons, conductor
Beth Willer, Artistic Director
Boston Symphony Children's Choir
James Burton, conductor
BRITTEN "Friday Afternoons", for children's chorus and orchestra
BOULANGER "D'un Soir Triste"
DEBUSSY "Notcurnes" (24 min)
Featuring the recently formed Boston Symphony Children's Choir in this performance, Benjamin Britten's choral cycle "Friday Afternoons" was written in 1933-35 for the boys of his brother's prep school, whose music class met on Friday afternoons. Very English, in some ways folksong-like, this children's piece has unexpected expressive and musical depths. The program continues with Lili Boulanger's short tone poem, "D'un Soir triste" ("A somber evening"), one of few purely orchestral works completed by this young genius before her untimely death in 1918 at age twenty-four, and concludes with Debussy's immensely colorful "Nocturnes", an 1899 masterpiece of musical Impressionism.
Pre-concert remarks from the stage will be by BSO Associate Principal bassoon, Richard Ranti.
You are invited to wear your favorite casual attire, and to arrive early to enjoy a free, pre-concert reception before you take your seat. This lower-priced series also features a special section for Conductor Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective. Then, immediately after the performance, head to the post-concert reception, where, besides enjoying live music, snacks, and a cash bar, you are invited to mingle and share what you've just experienced at the BSO concert. Also featured pre-concert is a mini-instrument bar. Come try out a variety of orchestral instruments with the help of BSO volunteers.
Cover photo by Marco Borggreve.