Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Nielsen, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff

Helios Overture

Violin Concerto

Symphonic Dances

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Liza Ferschtman , violin


Read what Maestro Zander has written about these concerts.

Carl Nielsen Helios Overture -12 minutes

  • One of Carl Nielsen’s most famous short orchestral pieces, Helios, shows in musical form the sun setting over the Aegean Sea. The piece begins with the sun’s ascension over the Aegean Sea, the music finally subsides with the sun sinking over the horizon.
  • Nielsen composed the piece while living in Athens, Greece while his wife, sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, was one of the first sculptors allowed to make copies of the statues and bas-reliefs in the Acropolis.
  • Carl Nielsen wrote this on the score:

"Silence and darkness,

The sun rises with a joyous song of praise,

It wanders its golden way

and sinks quietly into the sea."

Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto -42 minutes

"Ferschtman’s sound is big and rich, full of personality and fizzing with ideas, but she’s also capable of that special trick of melting while maintaining poise and elegance" -BBC Music Magazine

Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances -35 minutes

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


THURSDAY, November 14, 2019
Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander throughout concert.
(Discovery Series)

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SATURDAY, November 16, 2019
Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander, 6:45pm.
 SUNDAY, November 17, 2019        3:00PM / SANDERS THEATRE
Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander, 1:45pm.

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