Baltimore Symphony Announces 2006-07 Season

Classic Arts News   Baltimore Symphony Announces 2006-07 Season
The Baltimore Symphony's 2006-07 season will include Marin Alsop's first concerts as music director designate, a Philip Glass premiere, and celebrations of the Elgar and Shostakovich anniversaries.

Alsop, whose July 2005 appointment generated headlines because of her gender and because the BSO players rebelled against her, will conduct the orchestra frequently before officially becoming music director in fall 2007. Her first concerts as music director designate in January 2007 will include Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Strauss's Alpine Symphony.

Despite the fact that her tenure has not yet officially begun, Alsop apparently had a major hand in planning the season. A statement from the BSO includes quotes from the conductor about her "vision" for the season.

She will also conduct violinist Leila Josefowicz in John Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur, which was commissioned to open the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2003, and the East Coast premiere of works by Michael Torke and Philip Glass. Tap dancer Savion Glover will make his BSO debut performing the Torke's Tap Concerto.; Glass's LIFE: A Journey Through Time is a multimedia work performed with the accompaniment of photos by National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.

Other guest soloists and conductors making their BSO debuts next season include pianists Simon Trpceski and Orli Shaham; violinist James Ehnes; and conductors Louis Langr_e, Peter Oundjian, and Michael Christie. Returning artists include pianists Yefim Bronfman and Leon Fleisher and conductors Roberto Abbado, James Judd, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Alisa Weilerstein will play Elgar's Cello Concerto in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth in 2007. To close the 2006-07 subscription season in June 2007, Alsop will lead concertmaster Jonathan Carney in the first BSO performance of Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Yuri Temirkanov, who ends his tenure as music director at the end of the current season, will return as music director emeritus to conduct two concerts celebrating the Shostakovich centennial, including Yefim Bronfman playing the composer's Piano Concerto No 2.

The BSO will also continue to perform regularly at its second home, the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, which opened in February 2005.

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