St. Louis Symphony's 2007-08 Season Ranges From Contemporary (Adams, Carter, Salonen) to Classic (The Creation, Fidelio)

Classic Arts News   St. Louis Symphony's 2007-08 Season Ranges From Contemporary (Adams, Carter, Salonen) to Classic (The Creation, Fidelio)
Highlights of the Saint Louis Symphony's upcoming season include the U.S. premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony, a one-night celebration of Elliott Carter's 100th birthday, music director David Robertson conducting Haydn's The Creation, and a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio with soprano Christine Brewer.

The 2007-08 lineup also includes a number of St. Louis premieres, including Adams's The Dharma at Big Sur, Henri Dutilleux's The Shadows of Time, Oliver Knussen's Flourish with Fireworks, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Mania, and Christopher Theofanidis's Rainbow Body.

The season opens with Robertson (now in his third season with the orchestra) conducting Sibelius's Violin Concerto (with Vadim Repin), Christopher Rouse's Rapture (also a local premiere) and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

Guest conductors scheduled to appear at Powell Symphony Hall include Roberto Abbado, Marin Alsop, Mark Elder, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Leonidas Kavakos (who also solos on violin), Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey (who also solos on piano) and Gilbert Varga.

The soloist lineup includes violinists Repin, Julia Fischer, Leila Josefowicz, and Christian Tetzlaff; and pianists Ingrid Fliter, Jonathan Biss, Joseph Kalichstein, Radu Lupu, Orli Shaham, and Mitsuko Uchida.

Among the choral works on the SLSO schedule are Faur_'s Requiem (conducted by Labadie) and Rossini's Stabat Mater, as well as Haydn's Die Scöpfnung (The Creation), which features tenor Paul Groves, bass-baritone Ildebrando d'Arcangelo and the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus (soprano soloist to be announced). For the season finale, Peter Oundjian conducts Orff's Carmina Burana with Anna Christy, Stanford Olsen and Lucas Meachem.

In Fidelio, Brewer will sing Leonore alongside tenor Stuart Skelton as Florestan and veteran bass-baritone James Morris as Rocco; the concert performance also features soprano Celena Shafer, tenor Philippe Castagner, and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley.

The vocal lineup also features Robertson conducting the St. Louis premiere of Berlioz's La Mort de Cl_opê¢tre with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Robertson will also conduct women of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus in the local premiere of György Ligeti's Clocks and Clouds.

In April, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung joins the celebration of American composer Elliott Carter's 100th birthday, singing Of Rewaking, set to poetry of William Carlos Williams.

Robertson and the orchestra return to Carnegie Hall to perform two concerts next February; the programs include Messiaen's TurangalêÎla Symphony, Brahms's Tragic Overture, Berg's Violin Concerto (with soloist Christian Tetzlaff) and the New York premiere (postponed from this season) of Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony.

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