Ayre is a 45-minute song cycle based on 15th-century Spanish songs. Soprano Dawn Upshaw, who sang the world premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2004, will be the soloist.
Among the visiting ensembles on the schedule are the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Andrew Manze's English Concert. Chamber groups include the Takacs String Quartet, with pianist Garrick Ohlsson; the Borodin Quartet; and the Jerusalem Quartet.
Other highlights include a performance by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; recitals by pianists Richard Goode and Mikhail Pletnev; and a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth featuring clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.