With 2010-11 season, Kansas City Symphony anticipates hall opening

Posted on: January 25, 2010

In Sunday’s (1/24) Kansas City Star, Steve Paul writes, “The Kansas City Symphony’s next season of music, presumably its last at the Lyric Theatre, will include a now-familiar mix of marquee and rising-star soloists, plus a blend of concert favorites and up-to-the-minute pieces. The 2010-11 season represents another musical stretching exercise, says executive director Frank Byrne, intended to expand repertoire and sharpen skills before the Symphony moves into its new concert hall, in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in the fall of 2011. … Music director Michael Stern will lead 10 of 14 regular subscription-weekend concerts, and four guest conductors with previous experience here will return to help shape, tone and otherwise put the orchestra through fresh workouts. … Violinist Hilary Hahn will help open the season the weekend of Oct. 8. She’ll be featured in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. That concert will also include works by Stravinsky and Ravel, plus the local premiere of a piece by composer Jonathan Leshnoff co-commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony and a Spanish orchestra. … Other new works include the world premiere of ‘An American Symphony’ by Adam Schoenberg, commissioned by the Symphony. … Symphony audiences also will get the first local hearing of a new piece by Osvaldo Golijov and the U.S. premiere of a percussion concerto by Avner Dorman.”

Posted January 25, 2010