The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform three programs next season at Carnegie Hall under the baton of its incoming music director, Andris Nelsons.
Carnegie Hall announced its 2014-15 season on Wednesday, weeks before the BSO will present details of its own Symphony Hall season. Yet because the orchestra’s Carnegie programs will be performed in Boston first, the Carnegie announcement offers an early glimpse of what will most likely be three subscription weeks of Nelsons’ first season in Boston.
Nelsons’ first Carnegie program (on April 15, 2015), will feature Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben” alongside Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with soloist Richard Goode and Gunther Schuller’s “Dreamscape” in its New York premiere. The following night, Nelsons will lead Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Christian Tetzlaff. And on April 17, 2015, the third program will be devoted to Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.
Close BSO watchers may find some relief in the fact that the orchestra will be returning to its schedule of three dates per season at Carnegie Hall. That’s been the BSO’s traditional number of Carnegie appearances for at least the last two decades, but this season, during its lengthy interim period without a music director, the BSO’s Carnegie presence was reduced to only two programs, a small but symbolic reflection of the impact of its podium vacancy on its national profile. Those performances this year will take place on Feb. 11 and 12, and will be led by Bernard Haitink.
Leading off its season announcement, Carnegie also unveiled plans for a three-week festival devoted to the music and arts of South Africa, and a monthlong early music series titled “Before Bach.” Next season’s two “Perspectives” artists, each given a series of concerts to curate, will be mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Also given an expanded presence next season will be the composer Meredith Monk, appointed to the prestigious Debs Composer’s Chair.