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On the eve of his third season with the BSO Andris Nelsons is all in / Boston Globe

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On the eve of his third season with the symphony, it's fair to say that Andris Nelsons is all in. After swooping in to conduct the season-ending Tanglewood performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony last month, the maestro has committed to spend four weeks at the summer festival in 2017, and he's preparing to lead 14 weeks of programs during the upcoming BSO season - his two largest time commitments to the orchestra yet.

"This is the first time it really feels like home," said Nelsons. "I loved the musicians from the very beginning, but this year I really came to understand what it means to them." Nelsons said he wants to fully cement his relationship with the orchestra in the coming season, which includes premieres, commissions, a host of major orchestral works, a complete opera in concert, and the launch of a three-year appointment for composer Thomas Adès as the symphony's first-ever "artistic partner." "It's about trust," said Nelsons. "If you don't trust them they feel that. And if they don't trust you, you can do whatever - you can jump, you can do whatever you want with your hands - they just won't do it."

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