• BSO House Concert

    Saturday, September 10th, 2016
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Johannes Brahms
    Trio for piano, cello and clarinet, Op. 110

    Felix Mendelssohn
    Trio for violin, cello, and piano, op. 49

    Hannah Finkelberg, Violin
    Cynthia Racine, Cello
    Paul Steinfeld, Clarinet
    John Russo, Piano


  • Rossini, Bartok, Beethoven

    Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Rossini
    Overture to “Semirande” –

    Bartok
    Viola Concerto
    Hsin-Yun Huang, soloist

    Beethoven
    Symphony No. 7 in A

    “Semiramide,” Rossini’s opera seria, begins with this riotously festive overture, containing one of Rossini’s most delightful “crescendo” passages. Bartok’s Viola Concerto, in the hands of celebrated soloist Hsin-Yun Huang, shows the composer’s feelings at the end of his life, the devastation of WWII, but also his profound love for the folk music of his native Hungary. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony ends this first program, the lilting masterpiece that Richard Wagner dubbed “the Apotheosis of the Dance.”


  • Concert for Hope

    Sunday, December 4th, 2016
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Tickets $40. Proceeds to benefit the Hope Reichbach Fund

    Brooklyn Symphony Strings
    Jazimina MacNiel, mezzo-soprano

    Vivaldi
    Cantata “Cessate, omai”

    Geminiani
    Concerto Grosso in d minor

    Dvorak
    Serenade in E major Op. 22

    Porter
    Four Songs

    Location:
    South Oxford Space
    138 S Oxford St

    Continuing the BSO’s commitment to the vitality of the Hope Reichbach Fund, we offer a program of music for strings, including one of the great masterpieces of the genre, Dvorak’s E major Serenade. Renowned coloratura mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNiel joins us for one of Vivaldi’s show-stopping solo cantatas, and the program closes with a touch of cabaret – four Cole Porter songs in arrangements for strings by Artistic Director Nick Armstrong.


  • Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, de Falla, Ravel

    Sunday, December 18th, 2016
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Tchaikovsky
    “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy Overture
    Felipe Tristan, BSO Assistant Conductor

    Rimsky-Korsakov
    Capriccio Espagnole

    de Falla
    El Amor Brujo

    Ravel
    Bolero

    The BSO’s assistant conductor Felipe Tristan begins this program with Tchaikowsky’s musical depiction of Shakespeare’s tragedy – soaring love theme and swordfights included! Maestro Nick Armstrong continues with three Spanish-flavored works, the highly colorful “Capriccio Espagnole,” de Falla’s “Love, the Magician” ballet suite, and – bring on the snare drum players – Ravel’s “Bolero” which he described as one huge orchestral crescendo…. Shades of Rossini?


  • Walton, Respighi, Gershwin

    Sunday, February 19th, 2017
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Walton
    “Façade” Suites 1 & 2

    Respighi
    Impressioni brasiliene

    Gershwin
    An American in Paris

    The BSO is presenting this concert on February 10 and 11 as part of the “Gramado in Concert” Festival in Brazil. At the top of the concert several movements from William Walton’s orchestral suite based on his 1922 “Façade, an Entertainment,” settings of surreal poems by Edith Sitwell. We are happy to be performing an Italian take on Brazil – Respighi’s “Brazilian Impressions” – a rarely-heard gem of a descriptive piece. Finally, George Gershwin’s inimitable ballet music “An American in Paris.” We may need to import real Rio taxi cabs!


  • Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    David Bernard
    Guest Conductor

    Stravinsky
    “Firebird” Suite (1919)

    Rimsky-Korsakov
    Scheherazade

    We welcome guest conductor David Bernard, music director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and an internationally-recognized conductor, to lead the orchestra in a program dedicated to storytelling through musical tone painting. The brilliant orchestration and vivid colors brimming from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite depicts a tale of a prince freeing his beloved from the spell of an evil spirit. Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”, featuring the BOS’s co-concertmaster Hannah Finkelberg, depicts the powerful narratives of “The Arabian Nights”—including the alluring storyteller Scheherazade, shipwrecks, thieves and the bustling markets in ancient Baghdad—with a captivating combination of energy and passion.


  • Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Borodin

    Sunday, June 4th, 2017
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Mussorgsky
    Night on the Bald Mountain

    Shostakovich
    Cello Concerto #1
    Cynthia Racine, cello

    Borodin
    Symphony #2 in b minor

    Mussorgsky’s frantic “Night on the Bald Mountain” is a favorite of orchestra players and audiences alike, and a great beginning to a tuneful Russian program. BSO principal cellist Cynthia Racine is the featured soloist in Shostakovitch’s First Cello Concerto. Fans of the Broadway classic “Kismet” will recognize much of Borodin’s Second Symphony from that glittering score. The original does it better…