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Enjoy lunch at the elegant BSO Café before a concert featuring violist Leila Josefowicz and former New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert conducting Sibelius En Saga; Debussy’s Jeux and John Adams’s Scheherazade 2 for violin and orchestra – a work composed for violinist Leila Josefowicz. En route, enjoy an enlightening pre-concert lecture by New England Public Radio host Walter Carroll.
Guide: Jeanne Fontaine
Includes admissions, bus transportation and gratuities.
Springfield Museums Travel / Friday, March 2, 2018
The Boston Symphony Orchestra
8:45 am – Depart from the Museums’ State Street lot located across the street from the Springfield Main Library. Park in the lot and meet the bus at the curbside. We ask participants to arrive by 8:30 am.
En route, enjoy an enlightening, pre-concert lecture by New England Public Radio host Walter Carroll.
11:30 am – Lunch at the BSO Café: Enjoy a three course buffet lunch at the Symphony Café.
1:30 pm – Boston Symphony Hall Concert: Reserved orchestra seating in Symphony Hall.
SIBELIUS – En Saga
DEBUSSY – Jeux (17 min)
John ADAMS – Scheherazade.2, for violin and orchestra
Former New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert leads a recent work by California-based composer John Adams, his Scheherezade.2, a work composed for violinist Leila Josefowicz. Adams’s four-movement work is a 21st-century response to the Arabian Nights paralleling Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1888 symphonic score.
Leila Josefowicz’s passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. She frequently collaborates with leading composers and works with orchestras and conductors at the highest level around the world.
Opening the program is Jean Siblelius’s atmospheric tone poem En Saga (“A Saga”), which features many of the composer’s characteristic touches of orchestration and folk-music-influenced melody. Claude Debussy’s Jeux (“Games”), was enormously influential for later composers in its luminous and nuanced orchestration.
Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 conducting John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2014, honored with the Foreign Policy Association Medal and named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2015, and nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Direction of two New York Philharmonic productions: Sweeney Todd and a 100th-birthday gala tribute to Frank Sinatra, broadcast on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Depart for Springfield following the concert for an estimated return by 5:30 pm.
What to bring on the bus: Snacks, beverages for the ride. Items may be left on the bus during the concert.