London Symphony Orchestra Opens Great Performers' 2005-06 Season

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Conductor Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra perform Verdi's Requiem tonight at Lincoln Center, on the opening night of the center's Great Performers series.

Soloists include soprano Anne Schwanewilms, mezzo-soprano Ildiko Komlosi, tenor Stuart Neill, and bass Orlin Anastassov.

The LSO's stay at Lincoln Center includes two more performaces: an all-Sibelius program on September 30 and a program of Vaughan Williams and Walton symphonies on October 2.

Great Performers' 2005-06 season also includes a wide-ranging celebration of Dmitri Shostakovich's centennial, a festival of Osvaldo Golijov's music, the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's song cycle Orpheus and Euridice, and a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth led by John Eliot Gardiner.

The Shostakovich festival will include nine of the composer's symphonies, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and all 15 of his string quartets, performed by the Emerson String Quartet. Gergiev, principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and artistic director of the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater, will lead both orchestras in Shostakovich's First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and 15th Symphonies in March and April 2006. He will return with the Kirov to perform the remaining six of the composer's symphonies during the 2006-07 season.

The Golijov festival, in January and February 2006, will feature the New York premiere of the Argentinean-American composer's one-act opera Ainadamar, directed by Peter Sellars and starring Dawn Upshaw. The Kronos Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform Golijov's chamber works; Robert Spano leads two performances of La pasion segun San Marcos.

Great Performers' New Visions series will present Orpheus and Euridice, a retelling of the legend with texts by Gordon, a composer of songs, operas, and theatrical works. Choreographer Doug Varone directs; soprano Elizabeth Futral stars.

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