Critic’s Choice

March 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Anders Nelsons conducted the BSO in music of Berlioz and George Benjamin Friday night at Symphony Hall.

Andris Nelsons returns to Symphony Hall this week to continue the Boston Symphony Orchestra‘s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial. In this week’s concerts Nelsons will lead the orchestra in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2.

Subtitled “The Age of Anxiety” and based on the poem of the same name by W. H. Auden, the work is part symphony and part jazzy piano concerto. Pianist and BSO artist-in-residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet will fill the solo spotlight.

These concerts will also feature Shostakovich’s dark and Mahlerian Symphony No. 4 as part of the ongoing multi-season survey of the Soviet composer’s symphonies by Nelsons and the BSO.

Performances 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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