photo by Stu Rosner

Boston Symphony Chamber Players
with Randall Hodgkinson, piano:
Loeffler, Beach, and premieres

In an exciting afternoon of celebration and new music, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players give the world premieres of works commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the ensemble: Two younger composers—Boston-based composer and New England Conservatory faculty member Kati Agócs and New York–based Harvard alumna Hannah Lash—are joined by two Boston-based Pulitzer Prize–winning elder statesmen with longtime ties to the BSO: Yehudi Wyner and former NEC president Gunther Schuller.

The new work by Agócs—Devotion—features BSO principal horn James Sommerville as soloist, along with Jessica Zhou, BSO principal harp, and the BSO's first-chair string players.

Also on the program are former BSO assistant concertmaster Charles Martin Loeffler's Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano (1901) and the roughly contemporaneous, somewhat Brahmsian Quintet in F-sharp minor for piano and strings, Op. 67, by Mrs. H.H.A. (Amy) Beach, a pioneering woman composer, several of whose works were performed by the BSO during her lifetime, and who also performed with the orchestra as piano soloist.

Pianist Randall Hodgkinson of the NEC faculty joins the Chamber Players for this concert.

Founded in 1964, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players celebrate their 50th Anniversary Season in 2013–14 with programs spanning the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire, from classic works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel to music of Thomas Adès and newly commissioned pieces by American composers Kati Agócs, Sebastian Currier, Hannah Lash, Gunther Schuller, and Yehudi Wyner. Among those joining the Chamber Players for this very special season are Thomas Adès as pianist/harpsichordist, pianist Randall Hodgkinson, and longtime Chamber Players collaborator Gilbert Kalish, who reunites with the ensemble to recreate a program from their very first season.

Date: February 9, 2014 - 3:00:PM
Price: $38, $29, $22
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall


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