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The Boston Philharmonic has an extraordinary season of masterpieces planned for you next year, as well as some unusual musical pairings. For example, the orchestra will give its first ever performance of Berlioz’s ebullient and sun-filled Harold in Italy on the same program as Sibelius’s beloved Second Symphony, which gleams with a colder light. In an especially diverse program a symphony of John Harbison is paired with the kind of music that has had the greatest influence on him, jazz (Gershwin’s jazz-fusion masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue) and the music of Stravinsky (the tragi-comic dancing puppets of Petrushka). Perhaps most anticipated of all, because it is such a rare event, is a Symphony Hall performance of Elgar’s heart-stoppingly gorgeous and powerful oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, one of the highest pinnacles of English music.

And the soloists will be as fascinating and varied as the music they play. There is pianist Kevin Cole, whose playing of Gershwin’s music has been described as almost a reincarnation of the composer himself. There is also a very different kind of pianist, Alexander Korsantia, who will give a breathtaking account of Prokofiev’s dizzyingly virtuosic Third Piano Concerto. The extraordinary English tenor Robert Murray will be one of the soloists in The Dream of Gerontius. And the passionately admired violist Kim Kashkashian will return to the BPO for the performances of Harold in Italy.

Not to be outdone, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has set for itself an equally ambitious program, one on par with that of any professional orchestra in the world! The BPYO returns to Symphony Hall in a program of love, heroism and tragedy with Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser, Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring George Li, the young pianist from Lexington who recently went to Moscow and won Second Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Following last season's Herculean performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6, the BPYO is back to grapple with Mahler's overwhelmingly profound final thoughts on the struggles of life and taking one’s leave from it, his masterpiece, the Ninth Symphony. In their final performance of the season, the infectious rambunctiousness of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel is paired with the soulful musings of Elgar’s wistful, yearning and poignant Cello Concerto. It features the return of American cellist Zuill Bailey, who caused a sensation when he played with the BPO this past year.

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Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

harbison, gershwin & stravinsky
October 19, 21, 22

BERLIOZ & sibelius
November 9, 11, 12

mussorgsky, prokofiev & tchaikovsky
February 22, 24, 25

elgar: the dream of gerontius
April 20

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

wagner, tchaikovsky & prokofiev
november 26

mahler: symphony no. 9
March 11

ravel, elgar, ives & strauss
May 6