The Philharmonic also announced that it had posted a $500,000 surplus on a budget of $2.8 million for the 2004-05 fiscal year. The orchestra, which canceled concerts because of a cash crisis as recently as 2002, has paid off $700,000 of its $1 million debt.
The 2005-06 season begins on February 25, 2006, with a concert featuring works by Stravinsky, Orff, and Philip Glass, as well as a fanfare written by Corigliano to celebrate Christie's arrival. On April 1, Christie leads his own adaptation of Mozart's rarely heard music from the play King Thamos.
On April 22, the Philharmonic performs the New York premiere of Heiner Goebbels' Surrogate Cities; Lemper joins the orchestra for Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" and "The Streets of Berlin" and other related songs.
Costello, the pop songwriter who has made multiple forays into the classical world in recent years, appears on May 12 in a special non-subscription concert, which will include the New York premiere of a suite based on his ballet score Il Sogno (The Dream).
The season ends on May 13 with the world premiere of Musgrave's Suite from Harriet, the Woman Called Moses, paired with Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 ("Jeramiah").
All of the concerts take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For subscriptions, call the Brooklyn Philharmonic at 718-488-5913; for individual tickets, call BAM at 718-636-4100.