Symphony Orchestras across the country are bustling to complete the final preparations for their opening concert. The brochures have been printed and mailed (or put online), subscribers’ tickets are sent, contracts for guest performers have been sealed, and the music, long decided, has been lined up to produce a fabulous season. Will it be Mahler or Beethoven? Mozart’s Requiem or Brahms’s? The arrangements for this year have been going on, at best, since the start of last season.
This year, I will continue to update you on who is performing what and where. Orchestras will perform special events, such as The Mahler Project (Los Angeles Philharmonic), an all-Beethoven concert (Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), RachFest for Rachmaninoff’s works (Houston Symphony), Three World Premieres (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), an all-Dvorak concert featuring Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Nashville Symphony), and so much more.
Fabulous musicians will grace the stages of these remarkable orchestras—Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell, André Watts, Lang Lang, Olga Kern, Kelley O’Connor, Alisa Weilerstein (see my interview with her here), Garrick Ohlsson, Jonathan Biss (see my interview with him here), Leila Josefowicz, Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (see my interview with her here), and the list continues.
I will again bring you personal stories and interviews from some of these remarkable soloists. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, check out the list below of the opening concerts in September and October. Perhaps there is one near you.
Question: Is there anything you would like to see discussed on this blog this season?
Sept. 9, 2011
Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95 (“From the New World”)
Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra, op. 68, no. 5
Concerto for Cello in B minor, op. 104
with: Yo-Yo Ma
Sept. 9 & 10, 2011
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 (“Choral/Ode to Joy”)
Sept. 22, 23 & 25, 2011
Wagner: Ring (excerpts)
with: Christine Brewer, soprano; Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano; Vinson Cole, tenor; and Nathan Berg, bass
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
Beethoven (orchestration: Mahler): Symphony no. 9
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 21, 2011
Wagner: “Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhauser
Barber: Andromache’s Farewell, for Soprano and Orchestra
with: Deborah Voigt, soprano
R. Strauss: Intermezzo, Dance and Final Scene from Salome
New York Philharmonic