Critic’s Choice

February 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller

Before his death in 2015 at the age of 89, Gunther Schuller stood as one of Boston’s most admired musical citizens. This week, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra will pay homage to the composer by performing his Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee.

Klee was renowned for crafting his artwork on musical themes, and Schuller Seven Studies retranslates some of those works back into sound. Completed in 1959 on commission from the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the work is one of glistening textures and color. Jazz also makes an appearance.

The program will also feature pianist Emanuel Ax in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22. Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony completes the program.

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

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