I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that the 2009 - 2010 season is over. There were some great moments this past year. Last week I had the opportunity to ask several colleagues what the highlight of this season was for them and what they are most looking forward to next season.
Highlights from this season:
* Petrouchka. Nearly everyone mentioned Petrouchka. Maestro Richman even named Petrouchka as one of his season highlights.
* Mozart Requiem also received numerous mentions.
Those were the two biggies. Other things that stuck out for individuals were:
Our performances of John Williams' The Reivers, Der Rosenkavalier, soloists Adam Golka, Rachel Lee, and Benjamin Hochman, Barber of Seville with KOC, Midsummer Night's Dream with CBT, and Cirque de la Symphonie (weren't they INCREDIBLE?!?!)
The biggest excitement about next season can be summed up in one word: Amadeus. Everyone mentioned Amadeus from musicians to audience members to Maestro Richman.
Close behind is the search for our next concertmaster. Similar to our Music Director search several years ago, three finalists will have an opportunity to come for a week to rehearse and perform with the orchestra throughout next season. The concerts we have programmed for the search all have big juicy solos for the concertmaster: Ein Heldenleben, Scheherezade, and Tchaikovsky's Suite from Swan Lake. Additionally, each candidate will give a recital the Monday of their residence with the orchestra.
Those are the two biggies in terms of buzz, but next season is packed with so many wonderful things that everyone I pressed beyond those two events all named different things: Firebird, Janacek Sinfonietta, Chris Botti, Midori, Prokofiev 5, Beethoven 9, Mozart 39, Les Preludes, the Gershwin concert, the John Williams concert... Violinist Lisa Muci put it best: "...it's going to be one of those years when it's almost impossible not to buy all of the full subscriptions, because Maestro Richman has programmed so many exciting things..."