During the last several years of uncertainty at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, no conductor has projected stability and continuity quite like Bernard Haitink. His visits are regular, his subscription weeks multiple, his rapport with the players easy to discern. Trust appears to flow in both directions when he is on the podium. There is an openness and warmth to the sound.
When it comes to programming, contemporary music is not the first thing one associates with Haitink, but Thursday’s performance opened refreshingly with a work by a living composer, or at least a living composer’s homage to a revered predecessor.