Critic’s Choice

April 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

In his nearly decade-long tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel has transformed the ensemble into one of the most adventurous orchestras in the United States. New music now occupies pride of place with the LA Phil, and the orchestra plans to introduce fifty new orchestral works to the world in the coming seasons.

This week, in a concert sponsored by the Celebrity Series, the LA Phil returns to Boston with an eclectic program. Varèse’s Ameriques will be paired with Shostakovich’s triumphant Symphony No. 5. But the concert’s big draw will be the East Coast premiere of former LA Phil conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Pollux, a twelve-minute score that takes its inspiration from a grunge rhythm the composer heard in a Paris restaurant. 

The performance will take place 8 p.m. Wednesday at Symphony Hall. celebrityseries.org; 617- 482-6661

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