Posted on: May 6 2015 - 12:26pm
by Lloyd Schwartz, New York Arts (May 5, 2015)
In February, Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic provided another winter pleasure, bringing to Boston for the first time the lovely Polish-born soprano Aga Mikolaj in Richard Strauss’s autumnal Four Last Songs (she and the orchestra were especially touching in the third of them, “Beim Schlafengehen,” the composer’s quietly aching wish for...
Posted on: May 5 2015 - 10:08am
Dear BPYO friends, family, and fans,
You are likely well aware of our excitment to embark on our second international tour in three years. This June the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will play eight concerts in five cities over two weeks in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. We are thrilled to bring the outstanding music-making of our bright young musicians to international...
Posted on: May 1 2015 - 12:28pm
BPYO scales the mountain of Wagner’s ‘Siegfried’
by Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe (April 28, 2015)
Once upon a time, most local youth orchestras by and large contented themselves with meaty and tuneful symphonic fare, like Tchaikovsky symphonies, Dvorak’s “New World,” or Beethoven’s “Coriolan” Overture. You get the idea.
But in a very welcome development, opera has more recently been finding a...
Posted on: May 1 2015 - 12:26pm
Yet Another BPYO Triumph
by Lee Eiseman, Boston Musical Intelligencer (April 27, 2015)
To learn and forget fear is a deeply ingrained near-compulsion in the German psyche from its earliest folklore. Siegfried’s discovery of fear in the eponymous opera may also perhaps be seen as emblematic of the individual journeys of the 125 members of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. These precocious...
Posted on: Apr 22 2015 - 12:21pm
Cellist, Boston Philharmonic close season in style with rousing French works
By Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review (April 20, 2015)
For their final concert of the season, Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic served up three familiar works Sunday afternoon at Sanders Theatre. The concert’s most colorful offerings were split between two pieces: Berlioz’s epic Symphonie fantastique and...
Posted on: Apr 22 2015 - 12:19pm
A pretty fantastic ‘Fantastique’ from Zander and the BPO
By Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe (April 17, 2015)
CAMBRIDGE — Benjamin Zander’s program for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s final 2014-15 concert was a Romantic one: the Overture to Wagner’s “Tannhäuser,” Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1, and Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique.” On Thursday at Sanders Theatre, the works seemed to...
Posted on: Apr 22 2015 - 12:14pm
New Insights into Familiar Works
by Mark DeVoto, Boston Musical Intelligencer (April 17, 2015)
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s reprised three familiar works at Sanders Theater on Thursday night. Call them Romantic warhorses if you wish, but in all three, the performances were exciting as well as precise. In every case they shed new light on old masters. Director Benjamin Zander, speaking...
Posted on: Mar 3 2015 - 12:11pm
Christopher Wilkins reflects the magic of recent performances and the extraordinary achievements of the Boston Philharmonic under Ben Zander
"I was riveted from beginning to end." The first response of one exceptionally informed fan captures what we hope to hear from everyone who attends a Boston Philharmonic concert.
Christopher Wilkins serves as Music Director of the Akron Symphony in Ohio and...
Posted on: Feb 23 2015 - 3:30pm
Still Another BPO Knockout
by Mark DeVoto, Boston Musical Intelligencer (February 23, 2015)
In the beginning, and in a hopeful mood considering all the snow on the ground, we thrilled to “Frühlingsstimmen” (Voice of Spring), one of the most familiar of the hundreds of waltzes by Johann Strauss the Younger, during Sunday’s third of Boston Philharmonic’s latest series. The orchestra was in...
Posted on: Feb 23 2015 - 11:57am
Lovely meeting of musical minds between Philharmonic, Mikolaj
By Jonathan Blumhofer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (February 21, 2015)
Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra came to Mechanics Hall on Friday night, courtesy of Music Worcester. It was their third appearance in town since 2013, but first under the festival's banner.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the somewhat...