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By Scott Roberto / August 31, 12:00 AM
A Season of Triumph and Tragedy
Photo: courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra


One of the Hub’s most venerable cultural institutions—the 141-year-old Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO)—returns to its home at Symphony Hall when the 2022–2023 season begins on September 22. That night is highlighted by performances of the work of Bach, Holst, Jessie Montgomery and renowned film composer (not to mention former Boston Pops conductor) John Williams, all helmed by BSO artistic director Andris Nelsons (pictured). The next night, Nelsons is joined by famed pianist Lang Lang for the BSO’s opening gala celebration. Seven world and U.S. premieres are planned for the upcoming slate, part of a lineup of programming featuring 18 works by living composers. Other season themes include a focus on music that touches on our common humanity—culminating in the three-week Voices of Loss, Reckoning and Hope festival next spring—and a timely dive into musical perspectives on the tragedies of war and conflict. For those that can’t wait for the official premiere, join the BSO and GBH at Symphony Hall on September 12 at 7:30 p.m. for a special presentation with filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein that honors the debut of their new three-part documentary "The U.S. and the Holocaust." Hear music from the film performed live and engage in a discussion with the filmmakers while getting a sneak peak at clips before it airs to the public on PBS.

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