The players of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be performing without a conductor for the first half of the subscription series concerts running between January 19 and January 24. This is a first, we believe. Due to the cancellation of the indisposed Riccardo Chailly and necessary program changes, sections of the orchestra will be showcasing their abilities to perform as chamber musicians sans leader.
Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and “Procession du Vendredi-saint” (“Good Friday Procession”) from French composer Henri Tomasi’s Fanfares liturgiques will be essayed by the brass and percussion players, then Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat, op. 7, will be played by the winds; and the first half will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C for Strings, op. 48.
The second half of the concert will present the originally scheduled The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero. He made his BSO debut at Tanglewood on August 22, 2010 and debuts in the BSO subscription series with these performances. Guerrero is now in his third season as music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In autumn 2011, he also began his role as principal guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. A full biography of the young conductor is here.
In the second set of subscription concerts that Chailly was to have conducted, Bramwell Tovey will lead the orchestra. The January 26-31 program will go on as planned, with one work, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, featuring sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Camilla Tilling, tenor Mark Padmore, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Bramwell Tovey made his BSO debut in Tanglewood last summer in a concert performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He also makes his BSO subscription series debut with these performances. His tenures as music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been praised for his expertise in operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire. His complete bio is here.