Critic’s Choice

January 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter

Nearly three years ago, John Adams led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere of Terry Riley’s At the Royal Majestic, a three-movement concerto for organ and orchestra written for the blazing organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter, who performed it at that concert.

This week, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will offer its performance of the work with Carpenter as soloist. The piece captures styles well beyond Riley’s popular minimalism. Sounds from an historic African-American theatre are set against those that conjure images of Tibetan religious ceremonies. In all, it promises to be a work that resonates with deep mystery.

Filling out the program will be Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva, which will also feature Carpenter, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Bramwell Tovey conducts.

Performances will take place 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall. bso.org; 888-266-1200.

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