Foreign Bodies

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Foreign Bodies


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Jun, 2018

Friday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Abandon your expectations at Foreign Bodies, a casual, multi-sensory, one-night-only event with Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen as your guide. See his music: Boston Ballet dances to it in Obsidian Tear, "a choreographic breakthrough for Wayne McGregor" (The New York Times), and a live video installation animates Foreign Bodies. Witness a new kind of violin concerto by Daníel Bjarnason.

Program To Include

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Foreign Bodies, with live video installation by Tal Rosner (World Premiere)


Daníel Bjarnason

Violin Concerto


Esa-Pekka Salonen/
Chor. Wayne McGregor

Obsidian Tear (set to Lachen verlernt and Nyx)


Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor and Host

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor and Host

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor and Host

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s restless innovation drives him constantly to reposition classical music in the 21st century. He is currently the principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This is his final of three seasons as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic and his second of five as artist-in-association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Additionally, Mr. Salonen is artistic director and cofounder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, now in its 16th year, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea. He serves as an advisor to the Sync Project, a global initiative to harness the power of music for human health.

Mr. Salonen’s compositions move freely between contemporary idioms, combining intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs all of Mr. Salonen’s concertos in February 2018, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Leila Josefowicz — the musicians for whom the works were written. The Violin Concerto won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and was featured in a 2014 international Apple ad campaign for iPad. The Barbican Centre in London has a season-long focus on Mr. Salonen’s music, including the European Premiere of a new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Salonen and the Philharmonia have experimented in groundbreaking ways to present music, with the first major virtual-reality production from a U.K. symphony orchestra; the award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations, which have allowed people all over the world to conduct, play, and step inside the orchestra through audio and video projections; and The Orchestra, the much-hailed app for iPad that allows users unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works.

Learn more about Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pekka Kuusisto


Pekka Kuusisto



Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire and his flair in directing ensembles from the violin. He is artistic partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO Collective, and this year became Artistic Best Friend of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen after a longstanding creative collaboration with the ensemble. In 2018 he will be guest artistic leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Other directing engagements include the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Swedish and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

This season he appears with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Orchestre de Paris, and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He also undertakes a European tour with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and appears with the ensemble throughout the season; play-directs the Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy with tenor Mark Padmore; and has a mini-residency at Pierre Boulez Saal with REDDRESS, a collaborative project with South Korean artist Aamu Song.

An advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kuusisto has premiered new works by Daníel Bjarnason, Sauli Zinovjev, Andrea Tarrodi, Anders Hillborg, and Thomas Dausgaard. He is also composing, performing, and recording music for a new animated television series of Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories with Samuli Kosminen.

A gifted improviser, recent projects include collaborations with Hauschka and Samuli Kosminen, Dutch neurologist Erik Scherder, electronic music pioneer Brian Crabtree, and jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen. Pekka Kuusisto is artistic director of the award-winning annual Our Festival in Sibelius’s hometown, Järvenpää, Finland.

Recent concerto appearances include the Edinburgh International Festival with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, the BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, and concerts with the Seattle, Cincinnati, and Finnish Radio symphony orchestras. A keen chamber musician, his regular partners include Nicolas Altstaedt, Anne Sofie von Otter, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Alexander Lonquich, and Olli Mustonen. Pekka Kuusisto plays a Stradivarius violin kindly on loan from the Beares International Violin Society.

Learn more about Pekka Kuusisto


Members of the Boston Ballet


Members of the Boston Ballet



For more than five decades, Boston Ballet’s internationally acclaimed performances of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, combined with a dedication to world-class dance education, and community initiative programs promoting excellence and access to dance, have entertained audiences and made the institution a leader in its field.

Under the leadership of artistic director Mikko Nissinen and executive director Max Hodges, the company presents a broad repertoire, including classical ballets, such as Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, Florence Clerc’s La Bayadère, and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; neo-classical ballets by George Balanchine; and contemporary ballets from choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, and Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo.

The Boston Ballet is composed of 66 dancers of 16 nationalities and is the major center for dance in New England. It performs its full season at the historic, 2,500-seat Boston Opera House and resides in a state-of-the-art facility in Boston’s South End. Boston Ballet has toured nationally and internationally, including to Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in 2014, London in 2013, Helsinki in 2012, and Spain in 2010 and 2007.

In 2016 Boston Ballet announced a five-year partnership with internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe and presented his full-length Artifact in February 2017. Recently, Boston Ballet presented the North American Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear, a co-production with The Royal Ballet.

Boston Ballet School provides training for the next generation of professional ballet dancers, and the highest quality dance education serving more than 5,000 students at locations in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore. The Department of Education and Community Initiatives reaches 4,000 individuals in Boston and the surrounding communities each year through programming, events, and activities.

Learn more about Members of the Boston Ballet

Special Thanks

Esa-Pekka Salonen is The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence.

Foreign Bodies is supported, in part, by The Wallace Foundation, with special thanks to AlixPartners for its ongoing collaboration.


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