Boston Symphony launching weekly online concert series

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BOSTON — A new weekly online concert series featuring 50 musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in small ensembles begins noon Thursday.

With newly recorded musician intros and special live Q&As accompanying select programs, the Encore BSO Recitals series reprises programming initially recorded and aired this past summer for the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.

Performances will be released each Thursday at noon, Sept. 17 through Nov. 12. Most of the recitals will be available for viewing for up to 30 days, with the entire season coming to a close on Nov. 19.

"This wide-ranging encore series will serve as a compelling prelude to a more expansive online offering featuring newly recorded performances from Symphony Hall to be premiered in November," BSO president and CEO Mark Volpe said in a prepared statement. "We hope all our digital performances will inspire and sustain our loyal music community and music fans worldwide during this period of live concert hiatus, until we can be together again with our magnificent orchestra and its music director Andris Nelsons."

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Encore BSO Recitals highlights include:

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- original compositions by BSO associate principal horn Gus Sebring (written for alphorn and French horn) and folk arrangements by BSO violinist Bonnie Bewick;

- the world premiere 80 years after its composition of Sonatine for solo viola by African-American composer Ulysses Kay;

- newly commissioned works for brass ensemble by West Virginia-born composer and jazz pianist Kevin Day and trombonist and composer Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes.

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Among other contemporary composers of color and women composers represented in the programming are Daniel Bernard Roumain, Gabriela Lena Frank, James Lee III, Valerie Coleman, Paquito D'Rivera, Marti Epstein, and Allison Loggins-Hull.

The Encore BSO Recitals series also will feature works of Bach, Beethoven, Berio, Brahms, Copland, Dvorak, Hindemith, Mozart, Poulenc, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, and Stravinsky, as well as a program of traditional American, Scottish, and Irish reels.

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