Dallas Symphony's Upcoming Season to Focus on Beethoven and Contemporary American Music

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's 2007-08 season will offer focuses on Beethoven and contemporary American music, including a celebration of John Corigliano's 70th birthday.

The orchestra will perform all nine Beethoven symphonies in chronological order during the first half of the season, then feature American music during the second.

Highlights include five premieres, among them the Dallas premiere of Corigliano's Percussion Concerto, a co-commissioned work featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Other Corigliano works to be performed include his Clarinet Concerto and Red Violin suite. The spring 2008 lineup also includes works by John Adams, including Short Ride in a Fast Machine and the Violin Concerto, with Leila Josefowicz as soloist.

Other programs will feature Arvo P‹rt's Fratres; Howard Hanson's symphonic poem Pan and the Priest; Steven Stucky's Second Concerto for Orchestra; Mahler's Symphony No. 9 and Britten's War Requiem.

This coming fall, in his first performances as music director designate, Jaap van Zweden will lead two weeks of the DSO's Beethoven festival, before returning in the spring to conduct the orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Chorus in Verdi's Requiem.

Sixteen returning guest conductors include music director emeritus Andrew Litton, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Jir‹ Belohlšvek, Pinchas Steinberg, Hans Graf, Peter Oundjian and former DSO principal guest conductor Gunther Herbig.

Making their DSO conducting debuts will be Gilbert Varga, music director of the Basque National Orchestra; Markus Stenz, general music director of the Cologne Opera; Ludovic Morlot, assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Douglas Boyd, principal conductor of the Manchester Camerata; and JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Soloists making their debuts with the DSO include cellist Pieter Wispelwey and pianists Ingrid Fliter and Kirill Gerstein. Returning to perform with the DSO are violinists Leila Josefowicz and Robert McDuffie; pianists Horacio Guti_rrez, Andreas Haefliger and Jonathan Biss; cellist Ralph Kirshbaum; and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

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