Critic’s Choice

January 25, 2017 at 5:04 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Juanjo Mena

Juanjo Mena

In this week’s Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts, conductor Juanjo Mena, filling in for an ailing Christoph von Dohnányi, leads the American premiere of Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi. The work, which the composer describes as “a study in long lines,” was co-commissioned by the BSO, the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the Berlin Philharmonic, who gave the piece its world premiere last June.

The program will also bring a new face to Symphony Hall. Pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger makes his BSO debut as soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Filling out the second half of the concert in Schubert’s Great Symphony No. 9 in C major. 

The program will be performed 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, and  8 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall.

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