The Pacific Symphony in California has announced details of its 2010-11 season, which will include a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle featuring soloist Arnaldo Cohen, led by Music Director Carl St. Clair. The season will also feature concerts led by music directors from orchestras in Nashville, Memphis, Louisiana, Alabama, and Grand Rapids. In November, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Prometheus for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, with pianist Jeffrey Biegel and the Pacific Chorale. A “Sonic Cathedral” program, spotlighting the new William J. Gillespie Concert Organ at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, will feature Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, organ music performed by Paul Jacobs, and Gregorian chant performed by the Norbertine Fathers from St. Michael’s Abbey, in Silverado, California. The “Sonic Cathedral” program is one of three “Music Unwound” programs funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and incorporating visual imagery and opportunities for interaction with musicians; the other two are “Bolero!,” featuring Ravel’s Bolero and works of Albéniz, Ravel, Sarasate, and De Falla; and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” with Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition as well as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring a screening of the 2008 Academy Award-winning stop-motion animated film. In March, the orchestra will present its annual American Composers Festival, focusing this season on Philip Glass and featuring Passion of Ramakrishna, with music composed by Glass and Ravi Shankar.
Posted March 17, 2010