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I got to go to my very first press conference last week - I was very excited. I went to the dress rehearsal in the morning and then the BSO press conference afterwards. They had two big announcements for us. First, the '09-'10 BSO lineup was announced - it's going to be amazing. Keep an eye out for tickets to opening night - I will fight you for tickets to that show. There's going to be a world premiere of a new John Williams piece called "On Willows and Birches" and Evgeny Kissin is going to be there to perform a Chopin concerto.

Also, later in the season the BSO will be doing a Beethoven symphony cycle and play through all of his symphonies. Who doesn't like Beethoven? The second announcement was that there are now 4 new recordings from the BSO available to purchase.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra releases its first major recordings with Music Director James Levine—Ravel's complete Daphnis and ChloĆ©, Brahms's A German Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 6, William Bolcom's Eighth Symphony, and Bolcom's Lyric Concerto for flute and orchestra—available on the orchestra's own BSO Classics label through its website at

We listened to a few excerpts at the conference while James Levine talked us through why he chose these particular pieces. They sound amazing. Two are being released as digital downloads and two are on CD. I got all four of them.

For those of you that haven't had a chance to swing by the Symphony yet this season, you can still get $20 tix (if you're under 40 years old) through the promotion I blogged about earlier (here).

Click (here) to goto the BSO site.

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