Don’t miss the chance to see The Nutcracker this season. Due to popular demand, we’ve added a performance on Dec 21 at 1:30pm.
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Get to know world-renowned composer Esa-Pekka Salonen whose powerful compositions, Lachen verlernt and Nyx, inspired Wayne McGregor’s newest ballet.
Esa-Pekka Salonen is “one of our most thoughtful composers and probing conductors” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune). He serves as the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was previously the Music Director from 1992 to 2009. He is also Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Artist in Association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, and co-founder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival.
Salonen strives to innovate and reposition classical music in the 21st century. As Music Director of the L.A. Philharmonic for 17 years, he was credited with revitalizing the organization, making it one of the best-attended orchestras in the U.S.
He was a driving force behind the development of “THE ORCHESTRA,” an iPad app which allows the user unparalleled access to eight symphonic works with commentary by Salonen himself. He also serves as an artistic advisor to the SYNC PROJECT, a global experiment using music to improve health and well-being by studying how the structural properties of music affect biometrics such as heart rate, brain activity, and sleep patterns.
In what was described as “twin forces of nature coming together” (John von Rhein, CHICAGO TRIBUNE), Salonen recently composed a Cello Concerto for renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, which saw its world premiere at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in March.
In May 2016, Salonen conducted the Royal Opera House orchestra for the world premiere of McGregor’s Obsidian Tear. His compositions Lachen verlernt and Nyx serve as the perfect accompaniment for McGregor’s tender yet potent movement.
“Esa-Pekka is one of my national heroes,” said Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “I’ve been a huge fan ever since he conducted performances of Giselle at the Finnish National Ballet when I was 16, and I’ve watched him build a sensational international career. I’m excited to see his music embodied in Wayne’s brilliant, powerful choreography this fall.”
Photo credit: Minna Hatinen, Finnish National Opera and Ballet