The Concerti for Orchestra is one of three new American works commissioned for Levine's first season of music director. Its premiere marks the first BSO performance of any work by the 88-year-old Babbitt, one of the leading figures of the 20th-century avant-garde and a pioneer of twelve-tone and electronic music.
The program, which is repeated on January 14 and 15, also includes Sibelius's Symphonies No. 4 and 5. It will be broadcast on Boston radio stations WGBH 89.7 FM on January 14 at 1 p.m. and WCRB 102.5 FM on January 15 at 8 p.m.