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BSO announces first season with Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons’s first season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will include 10 Symphony Hall programs and a European tour with stops in Berlin, Cologne, London, Lucerne, and Paris. His first concert this fall will be a gala vocal program with soprano Kristine Opolais, his wife, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

These and other details of the 2014-15 season were announced Wednesday afternoon at Symphony Hall. Nelsons’s 10 programs next year will draw from his own personal range of interests, with several programs built around works that, according to the BSO, “inspired and influenced his life as a musician.” This will include the initial work on his opening program, the Overture to Wagner’s “Tannhäuser,” which was the first opera he heard live, at age 5, an experience he has credited with planting the seeds for his future career. Over the course of next season, he will also lead symphonies by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Bruckner, Beethoven, and Mahler as well as Strauss tone poems, Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin,” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

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