Special programs will emphasize Brahms, Debussy, and the Baroque era. The chamber music of three contemporary composers, Nicholas Maw, Bright Sheng, and Leon Kirchner, will also be explored.
The opening night concert on September 21 in Alice Tully Hall presents a preview of the season, with performances of ten complete works by composers featured on programs later in the season, including Vivaldi, Kirchner, Maw, and Mendelssohn.
Performers throughout the season include pianists Gilbert Kalish, Wu Han, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Jeffrey Kahane; violinist Ani Kavafian; and the Belcea, Mir‹, and Orion Quartets.
A mini festival titled "An English Musical Renaissance: 1900-1930," opens with Purcell's Fantasia Upon One Note. Three ensuing concerts will focus on seldom performed chamber music by Arnold Bax, John Ireland, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, among others.
Other highlights include series of performances juxtaposing works by Steven Stucky, Kaija Saariaho, and Marc-Andr_ Dalbavie with Debussy's unfinished six-sonata cycle.