At Washington's Kennedy Center, Galway is premiering Flute Mystery, a "symphonic poem" for alto flute, harp and strings by 33-year-old Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg. Berg wrote the concerto without any commission; when the composer showed Galway the finished score, the flutist accepted it and agreed to play the premiere.
National Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin conducts the concert, which also features Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, the overture to Rossini's opera Semiramide and Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra. The program will be repeated tomorrow and Saturday (Oct. 7) at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (www.kennedy-center.org).
Meanwhile in Berlin, Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic and a much-recorded soloist, gives the first performance of a new Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Marc-Andr_ Dalbavie. The 45-year-old French composer is known for his fascination with combinations of instrumental timbres and with the movement of sound through space; his recent work has been described as like a synthesis of Pierre Boulez and Steve Reich.
David Zinman, currently music director of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra (which co-commissioned the Dalbavie concerto) conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in this concert, which also features Stravinsky's Three Norwegian Moods, Ode for orchestra and Scherzo _ la russe as well as Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2. The orchestra repeats this program tomorrow and Saturday (Oct. 7) at the Philharmonie in Berlin (www.berliner-philharmoniker.de).