Boston Symphony Orchestra

Sundays at 1 p.m.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra comes to VPR Classical Sunday afternoons on VPR Classical. You'll hear emerging and established guest conductors, extraordinary soloists and enduring repertoire.

Founded in 1881, the BSO is one of America's "Big Five" orchestras, performing at Boston's Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center. Thanks to WGBH Boston for partnering with Vermont Public Radio to bring these live performances to VPR Classical listeners.


Our Sunday afternoon Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts will be on hiatus indefinitely.  The producers and the musicians' union have been unable to agree on broadcast rights.  We hope this will only be temporary.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Kristine Opolais, soprano

Shostakovich: King Lear Incidental Music
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Listen Sunday February 3 at 1 p.m.

Harald Hoffmann

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Takemitsu: Nostalgia
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Listen Sunday January 27 at 1 p.m.

Mozart's Requiem

Jan 17, 2019
Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano; Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Ben Johnson, tenor; Morris Robinson, bass; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Mozart: Horn Quintet  (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)
Mozart: Requiem, K. 626

Listen Sunday January 20 at 1 p.m.

Mozart And Bruckner

Jan 10, 2019
Justin Pomfrey / Decca

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D, K. 576, finale
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A

Listen Sunday January 13 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Alain Altinglu, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2 Le Double
Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2

Listen Sunday January 6 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Berlioz: Corsair Overture
Matthias Pintscher: un despertar ('an awakening')
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, first and second movements  (Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 Pastoral

Listen Sunday December 30 at 1 p.m.

The Nutcracker

Dec 19, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra & Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Bach (arr. Stravinsky): Variations on Vom Himmel hoch
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, Overture and Shepherd's Farewell  (Charles Munch, conductor; New England Conservatory Chorus)

Listen Sunday December 23 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Bernard Haitink, conductor

Haydn: Symphony No. 60 Il Distratto
Debussy: Three Nocturnes
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, finale  (Elizabeth Rowe, flute; Steven Ansell, viola; Jessica Zhou, harp)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Listen Sunday December 16 at 1 p.m.


Marco Borggreve /

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Orama, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano; Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 52
Busoni: Piano Concerto in C, with Men's Chorus, Op. 39

Listen Sunday December 9 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Jean-Frederic Neuberger, piano

Julian Anderson: Incantesimi
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Faure: Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat, Op. 63
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 Great C-Major

Listen Sunday December 2 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Gidon Kremer, violin

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Classical
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin Concerto, Op. 67
Igor Loboda: Requiem for Ukraine
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Listen Sunday November 25 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Cameron Carpenter, organ

Barber: Toccata Festiva
Terry Riley: At the Royal Majestic
Bach: Gigue from French Suite No. 5
Bart Howard (arr. Carpenter): Fly Me to the Moon
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Listen Sunday November 18 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto in C, RV 433  (Cynthia Meyers, piccolo)
Jolivet: Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings  (Thomas Rolfs, trumpet; Vytas Baksys, piano)
Krommer: Concerto No. 2 for 2 Clarinets  (William R. Hudgins and Michael Wayne, clarinets)
Previn: Clarinet Quintet excerpt  (Thomas Martin, clarinet; Hawthorne Quartet)
Nino Rota: Trombone Concerto  (Toby Oft, trombone)
Schumann: Concert Piece for 4 Horns, Op. 86  (James Sommerville, Michael Winter, Rachel Childers and Jason Snider, horns)

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Moritz Gnann, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. posth.
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Listen Sunday November 4 at 1 p.m.

More Brahms

Oct 24, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

Listen Sunday October 28 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons
Helene Grimaud, piano

Timo Andres: Everything Happens So Much
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Listen Sunday October 21 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Helene Grimaud, piano

Eric Nathan: the space of a door
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Listen Sunday October 14 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Frank Peter Simmermann, violin

Smetana: Sarka, from Ma Vlast
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Janacek: Taras Bulba

Listen Sunday September 30 at 1 p.m.

Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Camilla Tilling, soprano; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Jorg Widmann: Trauermarsch
Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34: finale  (Jorg Widmann, clarinet; Signum Quartet)
Brahms: A German Requiem

Listen Sunday September 23 at 1 p.m.