Boston Philharmonic Orchestra


Bruckner                              Symphony No. 8

(80 minutes)

Benjamin Zander, conductor




To open the season, as we emerge from one of the darkest periods in recent American history, I turned, not to Beethoven, but to Bruckner: the Eighth, his greatest symphony. We had to come back in the grandest way possible. This work expresses great anguish but is finally about jubilation and love. It is not a piece for ordinary times, but it is perfect for our present moment. The BPO musicians are already full of anticipation: “I have been practicing for two months,” said our first trumpet back in July. I cannot wait to scale again the heights of this sublime masterpiece and share its spiritual vision with you.

-Benjamin Zander

There will be no intermission for this concert.


Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 8 - 80 minutes

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


Friday, October 15, 2021
8:00 PM / Symphony Hall
Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander, 6:45pm.

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