The Leipzig "Boston Week" in June 2021 is based on the Stravinsky focus of the season: The composer, a US citizen since 1946, played a central role in American musical life, and his relations with the Boston Orchestra were particularly close. In 1930, Stravinsky wrote the Symphony of Psalms for the BSO and its music director Serge Koussevitzky, followed later by the orchestral Ode in Memory of Koussevitzky's wife Natalie and smaller works such as the Four Norwegian Impressions, which Stravinsky launched at the orchestra's podium.
As early as 1927, the BSO had made the world's first recording of Stravinsky's Petrushka, and time and again the composer taught at nearby Harvard University. All this will be highlighted in the concerts and lectures of the Boston Week, the latter again curated in the proven manner of Professor Christoph Wolff.
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