Andris Nelsons, the Latvian conductor selected as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 15th music director, is in the house.
At 10:30, Nelsons, wearing a black Tanglewood golf shirt, walked onto the Symphony Hall stage, spoke of his excitement of arriving in Boston, and said “Let’s start with Brahms.”
The first rehearsal under the BSO’s new music director was underway.
Nelsons, in Boston to conduct his first series of concerts with the orchestra since being named to the post in May, found it hard to sit on the stool provided on the podium, leaping up at dramatic moments or swaying with the music during Brahm’s “Symphony No. 3.”
He smiled often as he worked through the piece, which will be part of a program to be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and which also includes Wagner and Mozart. There was considerable excitement at Symphony Hall, as photographers crammed into Nelson’s dressing room, and orchestra leaders – including concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, trustee Paul Buttenwieser, and managing director Mark Volpe – stopped by to wish him well.
“Welcome,” said Buttenwieser, a member of the search committee that selected Nelsons. “Welcome home.”