CBSO artistic director Andris Nelsons has made his first public appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at a series of events in the U.S city.

The new BSO music director signed his contract next to Ted Kelly, chairman of the BSO board of trustees and Mark Volpe, BSO managing director at his first Boston appearance since his appointment.

Mr Nelsons formally signed his contract as the 15th music director of the BSO in front of an audience at the city’s Symphony Hall including media, BSO subscribers and musicians from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.

As a mark of recognition, the city of Boston declared Tuesday, June 25, 2013 ‘Andris Nelsons Day’.

 

Mr Nelsons, who lives in Riga, Latvia, with his wife, international soprano Kristine Opolais and daughter Adriana, threw the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox baseball game at the club’s Fenway Park stadium after leading a brass ensemble of musicians.

He will conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time since his appointment at Tanglewood on Saturday, July 27, leading the Verdi Requiem.

Mr Nelsons’ leadership of the BSO begins at the start of the 2014/15 concert season, the end of which sees his CBSO contract change to a rolling year-on-year contract.