National Arts Centre Orchestra Announces 2006-07 Season Featuring Zukerman

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The National Arts Centre Orchestra's 2006-07 season schedule includes 12 programs featuring music director Pinchas Zukerman, the NAC announced yesterday.

Zukerman, who has led the Ottawa-based ensemble since 1998, took an unexpected sabbatical from the group in December. Weeks later, he caused a stir when he told the Orange County Register that there were "bad apples" in the organization and implied that he might not return.

A spokesperson for the orchestra said, "We fully expect to see Maestro Zukerman back in June to head up the Summer Music Institute and conduct summer concerts, and as you can see from the schedule he'll be back next season as well. We've been in steady contact him to finalize the plans for next season and we're all looking forward to it."

According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, Zukerman did not travel to Ottawa for the NACO's press event yesterday, but has agreed to meet with a "facilitator" to help resolve tensions with his colleagues at the orchestra.

Zukerman's conducting appearances next season include a season-opening program featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman, performances of the Verdi Requiem, and a gala performances with Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. He will also perform as violist and violinist, and will lead a tour of Quebec in November (details have not yet been announced).

Other highlights include the world premiere of a symphony by Gary Kulesha, and a new-music festival led by composer-conductor Oliver Knussen.

Visiting soloists include violinist Nikolaj Znaider, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and bass-baritone Gerald Finley. Guest conductors include Leonard Slatkin, visiting for the first time since 1977; Andrew Litton, who hasn't led the orchestra since 1991; and Roberto Minczuk.

Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony will visit the National Arts Centre for the first time since 1990. Visiting orchestras also include the Toronto Symphony, led by Peter Oundjian.

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