Welcome to our 2014-15 season!
As usual, we have put together a wide variety of programs and artists. There are some new twists as well as old favorites.
For the first time since I began as Music Director, there will be an underlying theme that goes throughout the season. This year it is ‘The Concerto in America.’ Although the form is standard, we do not usually think about all the great music for soloists and orchestra that have received first performances in this country. The survey includes works from three different centuries and is intended to showcase the rich variety of pieces given premieres in the United States. So concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Walton and Ginastera sit side by side with Barber, Corigliano, McTee and even myself.
We will have a new ‘Winter Music Festival,’ which grew out of the success of the Beethoven Symphony presentation in 2013. This time we feature the music of Tchaikovsky, with all six numbered symphonies and his complete concerti performed over the course of three weeks. The symphonies will be released as digital downloads later in the season.
There are pieces from 14 different American composers and 13 living composers, and 20 works new to the DSO repertoire. Among these is a concert presentation of Puccini’s Tosca, with an all-star international cast. Audience favorites Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi, James Gaffigan and Thomas Wilkins return to the podium, and we will welcome newcomers Hannu Lintu and Joshua Weilerstein. Familiar soloists such as Midori, Olga Kern, Sarah Chang and Lynn Harrell share the stage with first timers Isabelle Druet, Elina Vähälä and Beatrice Rana. And of course there are solo turns from many of our own members of the DSO.
All of us at Orchestra Hall are tremendously excited by what will take place next season. Please join us on this wonderful musical adventure.
Leonard Slatkin, Music Director
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