I am so excited. The KSO publicly announced the 2010 - 2011 / 75th anniversary season yesterday and it does not disappoint. You can check things out for yourself here, but I'll give you some highlights of what I'm looking forward to next season.
* Amadeus!!!! In September we will be collaborating with The Clarence Brown Theatre for a stage production of Amadeus. I have no idea if we'll be in a pit or on-stage. Either way, I have a feeling this will be really neat. (By the way, next week we are collaborating with CBT on a smaller scale for our Shakespeare-inspired Masterworks Concert!)
* We've got all sorts of wonderful guest artists scheduled. Dylana Jenson will play Tchaikovsky in September, Norman Krieger will play Rhapsody in Blue in October, Orli Shaham will play Chopin in February, Jeffrey Biegel will be back in April playing Bolcom, Joel Fan will play Rachmaninoff in May, Midori will play Mendelssohn in January, and Conductor Emeritus Kirk Trevor will be back for one concert in March with his daughter Chloe as violin soloist.
* We will be having our concertmaster search all next season. Three finalists will spend a week with the orchestra playing a Masterworks concert and giving a solo recital.
* Some great chamber music will be happening next season. My quartet will be performing Cowell's Mosaic Quartet and Beethoven op. 59, No. 1 in F ("Rasumovsky"). The Woodwind Quintet will also be performing a work by Barber, and Nadine Hur, Gary Sperl, and Cindy Hicks will be playing Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, and harp.
* We're scheduled to play some truly blockbuster pieces. Schubert "Unfinished" Symphony, Janacek Sinfonietta, Liszt Les Preludes, Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade, Prokofiev Symphony #5, Mozart Symphony #39, Beethoven Symphony #8, and Beethoven Symphony #9.
* Did I mention we're playing Beethoven's 9th Symphony?! I love this piece so much I have already started a countdown to our performances: only 424 days left....