The season opens on September 29 with a gala concert led by music director Mario Venzago. Denis Matsuev will perform Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3; the program also includes Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.
Later in the season, Venzago will lead Joshua Bell playing Brahm's Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4; Debussy's La Mer; Sibelius's Symphony No. 7; and Mahler's Symphony No. 4, with Cardiff Singer of the World Nicole Cabell as soloist.
The ISO has commissioned world premieres from Indiana composers David N. Baker and James Beckel, who is the ISO's principal trombonist. Baker's work, which is inspired by a youth percussion ensemble, will be premiered in January. Beckel's Toccata for Orchestra will be played in March.
Violinists Hilary Hahn, Pinchas Zukerman, and Christian Tetzlaff will appear; pianists on the schedule include Stephen Hough, Andr_ Watts, and Jonathan Biss.
American works to be performed include Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Corigliano's The Mannheim Rocket, and Harbison's Remembering Gatsby ("Foxtrot for Orchestra").
The ISO will celebrate the Shostakovich centenary with performances of the composer's works, including the Fifth Symphony.