Coming off of double Grammy wins, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are joined by the firebrand Chinese pianist Yuja Wang for Schumann's Piano Concerto, a work blending the composer's unique Romantic lyricism and brilliance.
The concerto began as a single-movement Fantasia written for Schumann’s wife Clara, who was considered one of the great virtuosos of the age.
Bruckner's magisterial Symphony No. 9, a work left just short of completion at the composer's death in 1896, shows the continuing influence of Wagner in its harmonic language and scope, with the particular Austrian grace and gift for counterpoint for which Bruckner was known.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Schumann and Bruckner
8 p.m. Thursday, February 14; 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, February 16
Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Yuja Wang, piano; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons, conductor
Odyssey Opera: Paride ed Elena
In ancient Greece, Paris sought the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen. Their elopement to Troy resulted in the Trojan War, a tale that has inspired countless artists. Paride ed Elena tells the story of their first meeting to their flight from Sparta and centers on three characters: Paris, Helen, and Cupid who is instrumental in persuading Helen to choose love over duty. But when the Gods intervene in the lives of mortals, can there be a happy ending? After the resounding success of Ezio in 2016, Odyssey Opera resurrects another of Gluck’s lost gems.
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, February 17
Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Mireille Asselin, Elena; Meghan Lindsay, Paride; Erica Schuller, Amore (Erasto); Dana Lynne Varga, Pallas Athene; Gil Rose, conductor; Crystal Manich, director