Symphony announces 09/10 season: Yo Yo Ma coming

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra announced its 2009/2010 season today. There is an array of guest artists, and the season itself looks like an exciting mix of concerts, including a CSO premiere of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony being played for the first time in a decade. In many ways, it is a critical season for the CSO. It will be the first full season for Executive Director, the last season for Christof Perick. The orchestra is struggling under a mountain of debt in the midst of a bad economy, with potential ASC budget cuts looming (due to a weak fundraising climate). But Yo Yo Ma is coming (for subscribers only)! Details:


FROM PRESS RELEASE: The Charlotte Symphony announces today its 2009-2010 Bank of America Classics Series, a new 10-program season of inspiring orchestral masterworks with extraordinary guest artists.
“Our 78th season is an exciting year of transition, as the Symphony embarks on a new era,” says Executive Director Jonathan Martin. “As we honor the distinguished tenure of Music Director Christof Perick, we prepare, too, for his successor. The 2009-10 Bank of America Classics series offers music lovers many of their favorite works and spotlights an array of dynamic guest artists – in particular, young artists who are rising stars in the music world. Now, more than ever, we are extraordinarily grateful for Bank of America's continued, generous support of this anchor series and of the Charlotte Symphony”
The season opens on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 with guest conductor Larry Rachleff leading the orchestra in Berlioz’s Le Corsaire, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, and Beethoven’s majestic “Emperor” Concerto, featuring the astounding young pianist, Yuja Wang. Christof Perick brings his last season as Music Director to a triumphant finish on April 23 and 24 with Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony, the very work with which he began his tenure at the Charlotte Symphony.
In addition to Miss Wang and Mr. Rachleff, Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Symphony welcomes excellent guest artists to the Belk Theater stage. Cellist Lynn Harrell, soprano Heidi Meier, violinist Karen Gomyo, and guitarist Jason Vieaux are among the soloists spotlighted. Maestro Perick will conduct four programs; five will be led by esteemed guest conductors, including Michael Christie, Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Chelsea Tipton II, who conducted the Symphony in this season’s “Daybreak of Freedom” concert. And, for a thrilling sneak peek of things to come, the CSO’s yet-to-be-named Music Director Designate will conduct the Classics 7 program in February.
The CSO is especially pleased to announce that cellist extraordinaire Yo-Yo Ma will join the orchestra for a special one-night-only performance on October 27. This concert will be exclusively available to Symphony subscribers for purchase.
The Oratorio Singers will join the orchestra for three Classics series concerts, including performances of the Bach B Minor Mass, postponed from this season, in November.
Repertoire highlights include works receiving their Charlotte Symphony premiere – such as Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Mussorgsky’s Overture to Khovanshchina – and pieces that have not been performed in many years, such as Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony (last performed in 1999) and the “Triple” Concerto (last performed in 1991), Blacher’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini (last performed in 1991), and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez (last performed in 1998).
Please see the full Classics season schedule below for more details. Subscription series are on sale now through the CSO Ticket Office – 704-972-2000.
CLASSICS 1                                                                 September 11 & 12, 2009
Larry Rachleff, conducting
Yuja Wang, piano
BERLIOZ Le corsaire, Op. 21
COPLAND Appalachian Spring: Suite
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73, in E-flat major (“Emperor”)
CLASSICS 2                                                                 September 25 & 26, 2009
James Feddeck, conducting
Karen Gomyo, violin
BORODIN Prince Igor Overture
BRUCH Concerto for Violin No. 1, Op. 26, in G minor
MUSSORGSKY/arr. SHOSTAKOVICH Khovanshchina: Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9, Op. 70, in E-flat major
CLASSICS 3                                                                 October 9 & 10, 2009
Chelsea Tipton, conducting
Jason Vieaux, guitar               
Program to include:
BERNSTEIN Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture

CLASSICS 4                                                                 November 6 & 7, 2009
Scott Allen Jarrett, conducting
Kendra Colton, soprano 1
TBD, soprano 2
Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo soprano
Michael Slattery, tenor
TBD, bass
Oratorio Singers of Charlotte
BACH Mass in B-minor, BWV 232

CLASSICS 5                                                                 November 20 & 21, 2009
Christof Perick, conducting
Helen Nightengale, violin
Lynn Harrell, cello
Joanne Pearce Martin, piano
BEETHOVEN Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 56, in C major (“Triple Concerto”)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, in E-flat major (“Eroica”)

CLASSICS 6                                                                 January 8 & 9, 2010
Michael Christie, conducting
Calin Lupanu, violin
VIVALDI The Four Seasons, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4
BACH/arr. ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, in A major (“Italian”)
CLASSICS 7                                                                 February 12 & 13, 2010
Music Director Designate, conducting
Oratorio Singers of Charlotte
VERDI Overture to La forza del destino
Opera Choruses TBD
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2, Op. 27, in E minor
CLASSICS 8                                                                 March 5 & 6, 2010
Christof Perick, conducting
Heidi Meier, soprano
Opener TBD
GLIÈRE Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 82
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, in B minor (“Pathétique”)
CLASSICS 9                                                                 March 26 & 27, 2010
Christof Perick, conducting
TBD, soloist
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
Piano Concerto TBD
BLACHER Orchestra-Variations on a Theme of Paganini
STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
CLASSICS 10                                                               April 23 & 24, 2010
Christof Perick, conducting
Heidi Meier, soprano
Frances Pappas, mezzo soprano
Tilman Lichdi, tenor
Jochen Kupfer, bass
Oratorio Singers of Charlotte
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D minor (“Choral”)
Yo-Yo Ma                                                                     October 27, 2009

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