Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2010-11 season, which will open on September 24 with Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan, and Mark O’Connor’s Double Violin Concerto No. 1, with the composer and Karl Stobbe as soloists. The season features several large-scale choral works, including Beethoven’s Mass in C; Handel’s Messiah; and Penderecki’s Symphony No. 7 (“Seven Gates of Jerusalem”), scored for four soloists, narrator, choir, and orchestra. Jane Glover, music director of the Chicago-based ensemble Music of the Baroque, will guest conduct Bach’s St. John Passion, with the Mennonite Festival Chorus and soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Eva Vogel, tenor Lawrence Wilford, and baritone Christopheren Nomura. Other season highlights include performances of Kati Agócs’s 2009 chamber work …like treasure in a hidden field; Shades of Autumn, a 1987 work by Canadian composer Robert Turner; world premieres of an untitled work by Randolph Peters and Vincent Ho’s Percussion Concerto, with soloist Evelyn Glennie; and a screening of Chaplin’s silent film Modern Times with the WSO performing the movie score live.
Posted March 30, 2010