Music director Paavo J‹rvi opens the season on September 15 with an all-Brahms program including the composer's Violin Concerto, with soloist Gil Shaham, and the Symphony No. 1.
Premieres figure prominently in the 2006-07 lineup. J‹rvi said, "This season features important premieres by living composers of different generations, of all walks of life—with a focus on fresh sounds. From a master like Krzysztof Penderecki, to the young Charles Coleman, to an important consortium debut from John Harbison to my frequent collaborator and friend Erkki-Sven T‹‹r, there is an important emerging contemporary voice here."
Charles Coleman's Deep Woods will receive its world premiere in May; Erkki-Sven T‹‹r's Zeitraum will receive its U.S. premiere in April. CSO premieres include Alban Berg's Sieben fr‹he Lieder ("Seven Early Songs"), Tubin's Symphony No. 11, and Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G major.
Valery Gergiev, the celebrated artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, will conduct a one-night only-concert in February; the program includes Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor. Michael Christie will lead Copland's Symphony No. 3 and John Adams' Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz as soloist. Olari Elts, like J‹rvi a native of Estonia, will return to lead the CSO premiere of John Harbison's Double Bass Concerto, commissioned by the International Society of Bassists in collaboration with several orchestras.
The CSO will continue its partnership with Telarc, recording a Prokofiev disc featuring the Suite from Lieutenant Kij_, Op. 60, and Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major. The CSO also will record a Tchaikovsky disc with the Romeo and Juliet Overture-fantasy and Symphony No. 6 in B Minor ("Path_tique"). Later this month Telarc will release its tenth CSO disc since 2001, a pairing of Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra with Bart‹k's Concerto for Orchestra.