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More on the BPYO 2016 Tour to Carnegie Hall

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 4:50:33 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in tour2016

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Zander rehearses BPYO in Carnegie Hall (Steven Eliopoulos)

I am taking the unusual step of creating a very detailed description of the extraordinary turn of events that led up to our concerts this past June on our tours to Carnegie Hall and Spain. I wouldn’t normally give such a detailed description of the ins and outs and behind the scenes deliberations that go into deciding concert programs. The story of “making the sausage” offers some fundamental things about how the BPYO operates and how deeply the spirit of Possibility has become infused into the daily workings of this miraculous orchestra.

Everything was in place for BPYO’s two week, six-city June tour to Brazil—a thousand tickets had already been sold for one of the concerts! But at the January 26th meeting of the Boston Philharmonic Board (the parent organization of the BPYO), the Board voted to cancel the tour. The news about the danger of the Zika virus had been filling the papers and one of our board members, an expert in tropical diseases, stated that he would not permit his cellist granddaughter to go to Brazil.

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Turning on a Dime: BPYO Goes to Spain and Carnegie Hall

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 4:49:05 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in tour2016

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The Boston Philharmonic has taken its Youth Orchestra on tour four times—every year since the orchestra was founded. We have embarked on these challenges that many an organization would think impossible because of our commitment to the growth and development—humanly as well as musically—of our performers: an outlook we call Possibility. We have discovered that when these young people, age 12 to 21, are given the responsibility of being ambassadors for the attitude we espouse—in terms of music-making, friendship, and respect for each other and the larger world—they leap ahead exponentially in their expertise and in their spirit.

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A Letter to the BPYO from David St. George

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2016 4:21:00 PM / by David St. George posted in Tour, tour2016

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Dear Orchestra – collectively and every one of you wonderful people individually,

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Beyond the Fock It

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2016 4:10:39 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Spain 2016

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A student from Spain, a member of my Wednesday “Sonata and Lieder” class at the New England Conservatory, asked me to coach him in preparation for an audition for the position of associate principal cellist of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.  He played his pieces through with elegance and accuracy.  It was playing of an absolutely professional standard, the kind of performance that would, I told him, gain him entry into the ranks of an orchestra.  However, it lacked flair and the characteristics of true leadership—not only command of color, intensity, drive, and passion, but the energy to take people beyond where they would normally go.  We started work on the pieces—I played the piano, sang, coaxed and urged him on until his rather formal restraint broke down, and he began to play from the heart and throw all his passion and energy into the soaring passages of the Dvorak Concerto. In the middle of one of his most impassioned utterances, I stopped him and said, “There, that’s it. If you play that way, they won’t be able to resist you.  You will be a compelling force behind which everyone will be inspired to play their best.” He wiped the sweat from his brow and from his cello, and we retired to the kitchen for a spaghetti dinner and a bottle of good red wine.  As he left the house that night, I shouted behind him, “Remember Marius, play it the second way!” “I will!”  he called back. 

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[Video] Farewell Eroica

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2016 7:04:40 AM / by BPO Staff posted in Video, Tour, BPYO, Spain 2016, tour2016

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Spain Tour: Terrassa Concert and Barcelona Masterclass

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2016 11:43:22 AM / by David St. George posted in Tour, BPYO, Spain 2016

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Terrassa is a small city about an hour outside Barcelona. You’ve probably never heard of it; it is neither on the tourist map nor on the concert circuit. But if you happened to find yourself in the city on Tuesday night you would have found yourself in the midst of a BPYO love-fest of incomparable Latin intensity.

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[Video] BPYO on CNN

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2016 7:47:59 PM / by BPO Staff posted in Video, Tour, BPYO, Spain 2016, Carnegie, tour2016

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2015/2016 Season in Review

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2016 11:14:00 AM / by BPO Staff posted in In the news

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The 2015/2016 season was the most thrilling season to date for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Sold out concerts, critical acclaim, and successful education outreach programs all contributed to making the season shine. Take a look at some of the words of praise about both ensembles this season, and we hope you join us next season. Opportunities abound with the BPO: come to a concert, tell a friend about the orchestras, or support our arts education programs. You won't want to miss one note!

"This is an impressive orchestra...That they are so is as much a testament to the impressive abilities of the individual players as it is to Zander’s extraordinary ability to draw forth the best."
ArtsFuse

"A rare Boston treat...the orchestra’s sound...was broad, warm, and full"
The Boston Globe

"Based on the Boston Philharmonic’s spirited playing throughout the night, and the audience’s response, it seemed clear that Zander has indeed been kindling new passions for Wagner — on both sides of the footlights"
The Boston Globe

"The biggest takeaway from the evening was the superb quality of the BPO’s playing: each of the orchestra’s readings were rhythmically alert, emotionally vivid, and glossed with high polish."
ArtsFuse

"The great discovery in this performance came in the fourth movement. The rapid tempo...gave it a wild vitality and urgency, confronting us with a future that is already present, to be seized like a tide of possibilities."
Boston Musical Intelligencer

"There was a welcome immediacy and a physical force to much of the playing...the power of the orchestra’s reading was visceral"
ArtsFuse

"Zander created a feeling of suspense and sonic space."
Boston Classical Review

"It was something miraculous when the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra sprang like Minerva from the head of Benjamin Zander a scant three-and-a-half years ago. Now our expectation that this fully fledged orchestra will continue to produce concerts at the highest level constitutes the latest iteration of the miracle."
Boston Musical Intelligencer

"The BPYO showed heart, sinew, and brain as they responded to [Zander's] deep understanding of a work he has lived with ...and once more into the lives of his players, votaries, and us grateful auditioners."
Boston Musical Intelligencer

"Four years ago, Benjamin Zander founded the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and in only a short period of time, the ensemble...has become one of the best youth orchestras in the Boston area."
Boston Classical Review

"Zander led with deliberate gestures to draw a finely detailed and spacious performance."
Boston Classical Review

“It is my pleasure to report that the BPYO outing...satisfied me more fully than any other orchestral concert I have heard all season.”
Boston Musical Intelligencer
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[Video] What's it like to go on tour with the BPYO? Ruth Swope

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2016 9:05:38 AM / by BPO Staff posted in Video, Tour, BPYO, Spain 2016

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[Video] What's it like to go on tour with the BPYO? Charles Overton

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2016 12:29:44 PM / by BPO Staff posted in Video, Tour, BPYO, Spain 2016

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