Watch: BSO NOW Offers 3-Week Concert Series, 'American Promise,' with Concerts Exploring American Themes

Thursday November 19, 2020

Ken-David Masur
Ken-David Masur  (Source:BSO)

As part of their BSO NOW streaming platform, the Boston Symphony Orchestra introduces a new streaming series on Thursday, November 19 at 12 pm with the first of three concerts in a three-week series called "American Promise." The concerts are hosted by Callie Crossley.

On the first program, former BSO Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Dvoják's "Symphony No. 9," From the "New World," and Ives' "The Unanswered Question." In addition, BSO musicians to be featured in chamber music performance of Florence Price's "String Quartet in G." Click here for concert notes.

Also, Masur introduces the series with an explanation of the first three-week series theme "American Promise."

Next streaming on Thursday, November 26, at noon Thomas Wilkins leads the BSO in Jessie Montgomery's "Starburst," William Grant Still's "Out of the Silence," and Duke Ellington's "New World A-Comin," both featuring piano soloist Aaron Diehl; Ellington's "Come Sunday," with Charlotte Blake Alston as narrator, and the fourth movement from Still's "Symphony No. 4." Additionally, BSO musicians will be featured in a chamber music performance of Osvaldo Golijov's "Lullaby and Doina."

Thursday, December 3, at noon: Marcelo Lehninger leads Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Appalachian Spring "on a program with Joan Tower's "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1" and "Barber's Adagio for Strings." Also, BSO musicians will be featured in chamber music performance of Leila Adu-Gilmore's "Alyssum."

Please note: Each of the BSO's "Music in Changing Times" online video programs will include a magazine-style segment with musicians, composers, and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program.

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