Concert for Our City was videotaped live during a full-house performance at Symphony Hall on February 16. The concert was part of a series of free BSO musical offerings in February during the time the orchestra would have been on an East Asia tour, February 6-16.
The planned tour was canceled due to increasing concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Streaming of this concert is available from April 5 at 3pm through May 20, 2020.
–Thomas Wilkins, conductor
–Sterling Elliott, cello
–Huang Ruo, composer and singer
–TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from the opera Eugene Onegin
–GINASTERA "Malambo" from Estancia Dances
–WALKER Lyric for String Orchestra
–DVORÁK Cello Concerto Finale (Allego moderato)
–BRAHMS Symphony No. 1: Finale (Adagio—Allegro non troppo ma con brio)
–Huang RUO Folksongs for Orchestra
II. Love Song from Kang Ding
IV. The Girl from Da Ban City
"One of my most fundamental beliefs is that music provides a lifeline to inspiration, reflection, power, and beauty that deeply touches us and opens us up to new realms of possibilities that can give us a pause from the distractions of the difficulties of the world at large. During these challenging times of social distancing and sickness due to COVID-19, I hope that the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concert for Our City YouTube stream and the many wonderful offerings at bso.org/athome will bring some comfort and inspiration to music lovers in Boston, throughout the country, and around the world."
— Thomas Wilkins, BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement