Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Assad and Dvorak

Bonecos de Olinda (BPYO commission) - World Premiere

8 minutes

Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47, First movement

15 minutes

Bass Concerto No. 2 in b minor, First movement

6 minutes

Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125, First movement

11 minutes

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28

9 minutes


Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

40 minutes

Benjamin Zander, conductor





About the Program

Maestro Zander discusses the brilliant BPYO musicians featured in our Concerto Competition
HubSpot Video

Maestro Zander discusses the Dvorak New World Symphony and invites you to the concert on Mother's Day. 

HubSpot Video

This year’s BPYO summer tour will be an extensive series of concerts in Brazil, taking in all the major cities. With that in mind we have decided to commission a new piece from the acclaimed Brazilian composer Clarice Assad, to be entitled Bonecos de Olinda. Assad’s music is rooted in Brazilian styles and rhythms and further influenced by jazz. Many of her compositions include sections for improvisation by the performers. Who knows what she is going to come up with for the BPYO!!

Every other year the BPYO holds a concerto competition for the players in the orchestra. You will hear the winners of this year’s competition in this final concert of the season. This regular feature of the BPYO calendar never fails to astound audiences. You will be hearing young soloists who are going on to make a major impact on musical life, and you will be catching them at the very outset of their careers. This is an event not to be missed!

This year's soloists:

And ending the season is a piece that seems apt for both Americas, North and South, that we look forward to taking on tour, Dvořák’s New World Symphony No. 9. The composer wrote it during the period that he was living in this country and under the influence of both the Negro spirituals and the native American music that he encountered here. Dvořák didn’t make any actual quotes from music he heard while he was here, but you can hear the influences – even the rhythm of the scherzo, which was suggested to the composer by the meter of Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha! The symphony was a sensation when it was first performed in New York, went around the world seemingly in a flash and has never lost its hold on the public. We think it’s the perfect symphony to bring to South America, and equally perfect for ending our season here in North America!

All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.

sunday, may 12, 2019
3:00 pm
/ SANDERS THEATRE 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH the Harvard BOX OFFICe or call 617.496.2222
Will call- if your ticket is held at will call it will be held under your name, at the will call table in the lobby of Sanders Theatre for you to pick up before the start of the concert.
There will be no pre-concert Guide to the Music before this concert.