The season will open September 7 with a weekend-long celebration featuring Itzhak Perman in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1; David Lockington, the music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, conducts.
Other highlights include a performance of Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream in conjunction with a performance by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, a program of Wagner excerpts, and a performance of Bach's Second Violin Concerto by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Contemporary music on the schedule includes Clarice Assad's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round.
Among the soloists are pianist Wendy Chen, pianist Markus Groh, cellist Julie Albers, pianist William Wolfram, and violinist Karen Gomyo. Conductors include artistic advisor Raymond Leppard, former music directors Jorge Mester and Lawrence Leighton Smith, and the five finalists for the orchestra's music director position, which has been vacant since Uriel Segal's contract was not renewed in 2004: Federico Cortese, Daniel Hege, Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Edwin Outwater.