2011-2012 Symphony Season Openers

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?

Season Openers:
Sept. 8-11, 2011

Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15
: Emanuel Ax
Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 9, 2011
All Dvořák—
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
Yo-Yo Ma
Nashville Symphony

Sept. 9 & 10, 2011
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 (“Choral/Ode to Joy”)
Houston Symphony

Sept. 17, 2011
Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, op. 64
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Bizet (arr. Sarsate): Carmen Fantasy
Ravel: Boléro
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 22, 23 & 25, 2011
Wagner: Ring (excerpts)
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. 22, 2011
Vivaldi: Overture to Giovanna d’Arco
Ibert: Flute Concerto, op. 37
Mathieu Dufour
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 in E minor, op. 64
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 21, 2011
Wagner: “Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhauser
Barber: Andromache’s Farewell, for Soprano and Orchestra
Deborah Voigt, soprano
R. Strauss: Intermezzo, Dance and Final Scene from Salome
New York Philharmonic

Sept. 23 & 24, 2011
Ives: Variations on “America”
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Conrad Tao
Copland: Symphony no. 3
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 25, 2011
Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 26
Joshua Bell
Smetana: The Bartered Bride – 3 Dances
Ravel: Boléro
National Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 27, 2011
All Gershwin—
Cuban Overture
An American in Paris
Rhapsody in Blue
Herbie Hancock
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Sept. 30, 2011
Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 3 in G., K.216
Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 5 in A., K.219
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 2 & 4, 2011
Torke: Bright Blue Music
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5, (“Emperor”)
Awadagin Pratt
Brahms: Symphony no. 4 in E minor
Portland Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 8 & 9, 2011
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Michel Camilo: Piano Concerto no. 2 (N. American Premiere)
Michel Camilo
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 17, 2011
Sibelius: Finlandia
Stravinsky: Pulcinella
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
Philip Pan
The Coastal Symphony of Georgia

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2 Responses to 2011-2012 Symphony Season Openers

  1. J.M. Lacey says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, with the cost of printing, not to mention the time it takes to design these brochures, it is easier and cost-effective to simply put the schedule online. Although some do have their brochures available online, which is the case with a few of the ones I add to my blog (New York Philharmonic, for one). But when a brochure is in the hands of subscribers and potential ticket-buyers, a hard copy still remains a useful marketing tool. It prompts people to go online, see more detail and purchase tickets.

    I will continue to alert my readers about these premieres and composers. I appreciate the input!

  2. Lisa Ragsdale says:

    Being an active composer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, in my brief tour of symphony orchestra’s of the Midwest’s websites, I can’t find that orchestra’s are printing brochures anymore! Rats! I want to know when and where world premiers or US premiers are taking place and about those composers. Thank you.

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