Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium Chosen for Nelsons' First BSO Season

If a work by a female composer is actually programmed by a major metropolitan orchestra, but that city’s most respected and widely-circulated newspaper fails to mention it, do we have progress? The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium in November 2014 as part of conductor Andris Nelsons’ inaugural season. Readers of Boston’s paper of record would not know this, however, because The Boston Globe failed to mention Gubaidulina’s name in a fairly comprehensive article covering the announcement of the BSO’s 2014-15 season. But it did mention Shostakovich (a mentor to her), Sibelius (whose Symphony No. 2…