Nashville Symphony 2012-13 season focus: living composers

Posted on: February 29, 2012

The Nashville Symphony’s upcoming season under Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero will highlight works by several prominent contemporary orchestral composers, including John Adams, Richard Danielpour, and Stephen Paulus, with commissioned world premieres by Mason Bates and Edgar Meyer. In programs to be recorded to later release on Naxos, the orchestra will perform Richard Danielpour’s A Woman’s Life, based on poems by Maya Angelou, featuring soprano Angela Brown; and Stephen Paulus’s Three Places of Enlightenment and The Veil of Tears. February concerts will feature John Adams’s orchestral 40-minute “treatise on harmony” from 1985, Harmonielehre. Also scheduled are Mason Bates’s new violin concerto—a co-commission with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra—in February with soloist Anne Akiko Meyers, and in May the world premiere of Edgar Meyer’s Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass, featuring Joshua Bell and Meyer as soloists. The season opens on September 7 with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”), with more than 450 instrumental musicians and singers; the stage of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be reconfigured for that event.

Posted February 29, 2012