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Andris Nelsons Makes First Appearance with the Boston Symphony

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013
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Andris Nelsons conducts a rehearsal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Andris Nelsons conducts a rehearsal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, October 15, 2013  (Source:BSO)

Andris Nelsons-in his first appearance with the Boston Symphony since his May appointment as the orchestra’s next music director-led the orchestra in a rehearsal of Brahms’ dramatic "Symphony No. 3" this morning. At 34 years-old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post.

Mr. Nelsons’ rehearsal with the BSO was in preparation for performances of Wagner’s "Siegfried Idyll," Mozart’s "Piano Concerto No. 25 in C," with soloist Paul Lewis, and the Brahms "Third Symphony" on Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 19, at 8 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m.

On May 16, Andris Nelsons was appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. Mr. Nelsons has taken on the title of BSO Music Director Designate for the orchestra’s 2013-14 season; in addition to his Oct. 17-19 performances, he will lead one other program, a concert performance of Strauss’ Salome on March 6. Mr. Nelsons’ first full season as BSO Music Director, when he will lead the orchestra in 8-10 weeks of subscription programs, will begin in the fall of 2014. Mr. Nelsons succeeds James Levine, who was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011.

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