The season is the last for festival director Jahja Ling, who has been music director of the San Diego Symphony since last fall; Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-M‹st will add the festival post to his job description in 2006.
Ling will conduct the orchestra in seven programs at the festival, including tonight's concert, which features Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Horacio Guti_rrez as soloist. In August, Welser-M‹st will lead two programs (Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Mahler's Symphony No. 3) as a warmup for the orchestra's European tour.
Guest soloists include pianists Lang Lang and Jon Kimura Parker, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein.