BSO gets on the 2010-11 bandwagon
How the media landscape has changed. Two years ago, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced the 2008-09 season with an old-fashioned, on-site press conference at the Meyerhoff, complete with speeches, breakfast, the works. This year, in a very different economic climate, the orchestra's announcement of its 2010-11 season was made electronically, and at the last minute: it went out yesterday with hardly any advance warning at all.
Mahler, not surprisingly, is the centerpiece of the season, since the 2010-11 season will see both the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 100th anniversary of his death. Programs include the composer's 1st, 7th and 10th symphonies, and “Das Lied von der Erde.”
Another focus is new beginnings -- perhaps a symbolic hope for an orchestra which has been dealing valiantly with considerable financial difficulties. This theme is expressed through young soloists (the violinist Augustin Hadelich, the pianist Ingrid Fliter, the conductor Cornelius Meister, and the 17-year-old conductor Ilyich Rivas make their debuts, while Yuja Wang returns with Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto); pieces written by teenage composers (Shostakovich’s 1st symphony, Rachmaninoff’s 1st piano concerto with Gilmore award-winner Kirill Gerstein, and Schubert’s 5th symphony, all written when the composers were 19); and new work written for children, including a new comission by David Rimelis and a co-commissioned piece, “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” by Philip Glass.
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Alsop will also lead Emanuel Ax in a performance of Brahms’s 1st piano concerto, contrast Prokofiev’s 1st and 6th symphonies, and conduct a live performance of the original score of Chaplin’s 1925 film “The Gold Rush.” The orchestra will introduce its new recording of Dvorak’s 7th and 8th symphonies by reprising the 9th, also under Alsop’s leadership.
The orchestra will extend its “Off the Cuff” series, a shorter, more informal concert presentation involving a spoken introduction to a single musical work; the four programs will be offered at Strathmore on Fridays and at the Meyerhoff on Saturdays. It will also return to Carnegie Hall with a program of Barber, Prokofiev (the 3rd piano concerto, with Simon Trpceski), and Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony in the Gustav Mahler “retouched” version.
The BSO is also developing collaborations with Washington groups. The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the WNO will return for a semi-staged version of “The Magic Flute,” and the Washington Chorus, featured this season in an upcoming Brahms Requiem, comes back next season for the Verdi one.
March 24, 2010; 5:31 AM ET
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