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FILE – Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons rehearses with the orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston November 20, 2014. Haunted by the horrors of war in Ukraine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts a decidedly gloomy note as he prepares for his 2022-23 season. Nelsons, who grew up in Latvia towards the end of the Cold War, said he hopes the season which kicks off on September 22 will harness “the power of music to touch our hearts and reveal the many stories and emotions that bring us together. as a human family”. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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Haunted by the horrors of war in Ukraine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is sounding a decidedly dark note as it prepares for its 2022-23 season.

The orchestra generally revolves around traditional classical music with a great emphasis on young and current composers of our time and a wide range of artists. But the acclaimed symphony said on Wednesday it would orchestrate a season in which art imitates life, using classical music to address the tragedies of armed conflict.

The orchestra’s next series of concerts will also include a three-week festival in March called “Voices of Loss, Reckoning and Hope” – a musical exploration of racial injustice, civil rights and gender inequality.

“We look forward to welcoming audiences to a season that reflects music’s profound ability to speak to the social and cultural issues of our time,” said Gail Samuel, BSO President and CEO.

Notably, the orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons will perform works by prominent Soviet-era Russian composers as it explores themes of war, including Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. movements of Stalinism based on poems by Yevgeny Yevtouchenko. The first movement condemns Soviet revisionist history and anti-Semitism, citing a Nazi massacre of Ukrainian Jews.

Omer Meir Wellber will lead the BSO in the US premiere of Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff’s ‘The Eternal Stranger,’ which captures the hostility and rejection experienced by refugees and others who often find themselves on the margins of society .

Other concerts will feature Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as a mother who has lost her child in war; and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s “Falling Out of Time”, based on David Grossman’s experimental novel about the wartime death of a son – an agonizing loss that Grossman himself experienced and wrote “now permeates every minute of my life”.

Nelsons, who grew up in Latvia towards the end of the Cold War, said he hopes the season opener on September 22 will harness “the power of music to touch our hearts and reveal the many stories and emotions that bring us together as a human family”.

The March festival will feature works by three prominent American composers, including Julia Wolfe’s “Her Story,” which speaks extensively of the ongoing struggle for women’s rights.

Also featured: Anthony Davis’ clarinet concerto, “You Have the Right to Remain Silent,” with soloist Anthony McGill, about the emotional consequences of encounters with law enforcement; and Uri Caine’s “The Passion of Octavius ​​Catto”, a reflection of the life of the 19th century Philadelphia civil rights activist.