Boston Symphony announces Carnegie Hall programs
George Benjamin’s new “Dream of the Song,” featuring countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Lorelei Ensemble, will be performed as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season. So will Sofia Gubaidulina’s new Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan. These and other programming details arrive as part of Carnegie Hall’s season announcement, which includes three performances (Feb. 28-March 2, 2017) by the BSO under the baton of Andris Nelsons. Because the New York programs are performed in Boston first, the Carnegie plans offer an early glimpse of the orchestra’s upcoming Symphony Hall season as well. (The full local season is not typically announced until March or April.)
Both the Gubaidulina and the Benjamin — which premiered last fall in Amsterdam and features settings of poetry by Samuel HaNagid , Solomon Ibn Gabirol , and Lorca — are BSO co-commissions. Also on next year’s agenda will be Gunther Schuller’s “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee,” Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with Emanuel Ax, and repertory staples by Berlioz, Beethoven, and Ravel.