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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
SUPERSTAR GUEST ARTISTS
Opera legends Renée Fleming , Rod Gilfry , Christine Goerke , and Greer Grimsley take the stage . Esteemed guest artists include violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter , Nicola Benedetti , and Ray Chen and talented pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Beatrice Rana . On the Pops series , André De Shields returns to his hometown to tell Charm City ’ s story , and Byron Stripling showcases ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton .
POWERFUL CLASSICAL WORKS
The orchestra is showcased in beloved classical works , including Strauss ’ Also sprach Zarathustra ; Tchaikovsky ’ s famous Fifth Symphony ; Beethoven ’ s Symphonies 7 , 8 , and 9 ; Stravinsky ’ s complete The Firebird ; and Rachmaninoff ’ s Symphony No . 3 .
INSPIRING NEW MUSIC
American composer John Adams ’ The Dharma at Big Sur is a rarely performed work for six-string electric violin and orchestra featuring Chloë Hanslip ; a collaboration between composer James Lee III and Artistic Partner Wordsmith for the world premiere of Freedom ’ s Genuine Dawn , which sets the powerful words of Frederick Douglass to music ; and The Percussion Collective performs Drum Circles , a captivating percussion quartet concerto co-commissioned by the BSO and written by renowned composer Christopher Theofanidis .
RECOVERED VOICES
James Conlon brings his Recovered Voices mission with the Los Angeles Opera to the BSO . Maestro Conlon has worked tirelessly for decades to recover and promote music by composers suppressed by the Nazi regime . His exploration of Recovered Voices with the BSO will include music of Zemlinsky , Schreker , and Braunfels .
Recovered Voices is a special initiative of LA Opera that seeks to bring the music of composers suppressed by the Holocaust to the stage . It was founded in 2006 with generous support from Marilyn Ziering .
BSO SESSIONS | APRIL 2021
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