The season opens on September 16 with a gala concert featuring pianist Lang Lang performing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; music director Gerald Schwarz conducts.
Pinchas Zuckerman will have a residency in Seattle in October, performing as both conductor and violinist. Returning guest artists include pianists Andr_ Watts, Yefim Bronfman, and Peter Serkin; violinists Hilary Hahn and Elmar Oliveira; and sopranos Deborah Voigt and Ren_e Fleming.
Making their Seattle Symphony debuts will be pianists Barry Douglas and Freddy Kempf; countertenor David Daniels, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. British pianist John Lill will perform all five Beethoven concertos in March 2007.
In June 2007 Schwarz will lead the orchestra in a mini festival titled Bridging the 48th Parallel: Music of Central Europe, which will feature works by composers including Szymanowski, Bart‹k, Kodšly, Janšcek, and Kurtšg.
Visiting orchestras include the Kirov, which will be conducted by Valery Gergiev; Yuri Bashmet will lead the Moscow Soloists, and Andrew Davis will conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Other highlights include Schwarz conducting performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3; Brahms' Symphony No. 3; Beethoven's Missa solemnis; Bart‹k's Bluebeard's Castle; Dvoršk's Symphony No. 8; and Mahler's Symphony No. 3. The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma returns to Seattle for two performances in March.
World Premieres include William Thomas McKinley's Symphony No. 7 ("The Cosmos") and David Stock's Fifth Symphony, In tempore belli. John Harbison's Double Bass Concerto, which was commissioned by the International Society of Bassists in collaboration with several orchestras, will receive its Seattle premiere.
Bobby McFerrin will conduct and sing in an April 2007 concert featuring Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical Symphony") and his own Improvisations.