“The Kansas City Symphony will move into Helzberg Hall in the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in September, and on Friday the orchestra announced ambitious programming for the 2011-12 season,” writes Daniel Wakin in Friday’s (1/14) Arts Briefly column of the New York Times. “Michael Stern, the music director, will lead three premieres: new works by Chen Yi, Stephen Hartke and Dan Kellogg. The orchestra will also play Respighi’s ‘Pines of Rome’; Brahms’s ‘German Requiem’; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (‘Resurrection’); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, which will include the hall’s new pipe organ; and works by Messiaen and Schnittke. The musicians should come ready to rehearse: 28 percent of the works in the non-pops season, officials said, are either newly composed or new to the orchestra. The orchestra is also springing for major soloists, including Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Joshua Bell and the Kansas City native Joyce DiDonato.
Posted January 18, 2011