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Andris Nelsons conducts Sierra, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff featuring violinist Gil Shaham

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Andris Nelsons conducts Sierra, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff featuring violinist Gil Shaham

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017 -  8:00 PM - Boston Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons conducts Sierra, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff featuring violinist Gil Shaham

One of several American composers figuring in this season's programs, Florida-born Arlene Sierra, a former Tanglewood Fellow, wrote Moler (2012) on commission for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The eightminute work is a harmonically colorful and rhythmically energetic evocation of the Spanish meaning of the title, "to grind." Also on the program are Tchaikovsky's beloved Violin Concerto featuring acclaimed American violinist Gil Shaham, and Rachmaninoff's lush Symphony No. 2, composed between the Second and Third piano concertos. With its lyrical excursions reminiscent of the arching, lovely melodies in his piano concertos and songs, it has long been the most popular of the composer's three symphonies.

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