Mozart's Requiem

Sunday March 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

David Robertson, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Kelly O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Eric Greene, baritone
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
Originally performed on January 26 & 27, 2019

Mozart’s transcendent Requiem—which has inspired stories and speculation—contains the final notes he ever composed. Conductor David Robertson, a preeminent interpreter of Boulez’s music, opens the program with Boulez's moving Rituel, an immersive ceremony of memory.

Music:

BOULEZ: Rituel (in memoriam Bruno Maderna)
MOZART: Requiem


Romeo and Juliet

Sunday April 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Robert Sullivan, trumpet
Originally performed on February 1 & 2, 2019

Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet score paints musical pictures of star-crossed lovers and their journey from naive passion to tragic end. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin performs Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, with CSO Principal Trumpet Robert Sullivan providing the concerto’s prominent solos.

Music:

CAROLINE SHAW: Entr’acte
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo & Juliet


Majestic Bruckner 8

Sunday April 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Donald Runnicles, conductor

Originally performed on February 8 & 9, 2019

For Anton Bruckner, writing a symphony was nothing short of a spiritual experience. This is no more evident than in his Symphony No. 8, which explores the expanse of human emotion. Fellow composer Hugo Wolf wrote, "This symphony is the creation of a giant.... It was a complete victory of the powers of light of over darkness."

Music:

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8


Beethoven's Eroica

Sunday April 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Originally performed on February 23 & 24, 2019

“As ever, the soloist, Leila Josefowicz, astonished,” says The New York Times about our guest artist. A champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the ideal interpreter for Adès’ colorful Concentric Paths, which sets the stage for Beethoven’s heroic Third Symphony, a revolutionary work that still resonates today.

Music:

BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
THOMAS ADÈS: Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica


Orchestral Fireworks

Sunday April 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano
Originally performed on March 1 & 2, 2019

Barber earned a Pulitzer Prize for his Piano Concerto, performed here by Inon Barnatan, whom The New York Times has called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.” The optimistic Barber pairs beautifully with the Russian romanticism of Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances, all under the baton of the esteemed James Gaffigan.

Music:

DVORÁK: The Midday Witch
STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
SUK: Scherzo fantastique
JANÁCEK: Sinfonietta


American in Paris + Amériques

Sunday May 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Originally performed on March 15 & 16, 2019

Gershwin's jazzy musical postcard highlights this French-American program, including Gershwin's impressions of France—and Edgard Varèse's raucous reflections of America.

Music:

GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
BARBER: Violin Concerto
RAVEL: Tzigane
VARÈSE: Amériques


Langrée Conducts Beethoven

Sunday May 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin
Originally performed on March 30 & 31, 2019

The infectious joy of Beethoven’s Second Symphony was in stark contrast to his personal life, as he was losing his hearing while he wrote it. The Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto, played by BBC New Generation Artist Esther Yoo, is a beautiful sonic pairing. We also revisit Halcyon Sun by Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bailey Holland, premiered by the CSO in 2004.

Music:

JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: Halcyon Sun
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2


Percussion Master Colin Currie

Sunday May 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

John Storgårds, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
Originally performed on April 12 & 13, 2019

Colin Currie, a “percussion magician” (Herald Scotland), will explore the flair, groove and color of Aho's percussion concerto. Sibelius' exhilarating Fifth Symphony, whose finale theme was inspired by the call of migrating swans, brings the concert to a sublime close.

Music:

NIELSEN: Helios Overture
KALEVI AHO: Sieidi
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5


Ravel + Debussy: Colors of Spain

Sunday May 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Originally performed on April 27 & 28, 2019

Sounds of Europe abound with Ravel’s high-spirited Alborada del gracioso and Debussy’s Images, a series of musical scenes evoking colors and flavors of Spain. Music Director of the world-renowned Ensemble InterContemporain Matthias Pintscher conducts his own tender Un despertar, written specifically for guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Music:

RAVEL: Alborada del gracioso
MATTHIAS PINTSCHER: Un despertar
DEBUSSY: Images


Trifonov plays Beethoven

Sunday June 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Originally performed on May 3 & 4, 2019

Hailed by The Times (London) as “the most astounding pianist of our age,” keyboard master Daniil Trifonov makes his first CSO appearance performing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. Atmospheric works by Gluck and Pärt create a sound landscape to experience Stravinksky's Symphony in C and Beethoven's poetic concerto in a new way.

Music:

GLUCK: Dance of the Furies and Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus and Eurydice
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
ARVO PÄRT: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
STRAVINSKY: Symphony in C


Season Finale: Langrée Conducts Mozart + Mahler

Sunday June 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Timothy Lees, violin
Originally performed on May 10 & 11, 2019

The CSO gave the US premiere of Mahler's Fifth Symphony in 1905, deepening its connection to this central figure in music with a work that was the composer's most personal statement yet. Concertmaster Timothy Lees plays Mozart's ebullient Turkish Violin Concerto, which the composer wrote when he was only 19.

Music:

MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5