Oregon’s Eugene Symphony has announced that Danail Rachev will lead six programs during the 2016-17 season, his final season as music director, including Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (“The Year 1905”). Other season highlights include composer-in-residence Christopher Rouse’s Rapture and Concert de Gaudi, and the premiere of “Ode to the Future,” the culminating project of young Oregon composers who are creating a theme and variations on Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” In April, the orchestra, Eugene Symphony Chorus, and vocal soloists will perform Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” The Damnation of Faust, with digital imagery projected onto Silva Concert Hall’s interior surfaces. At Rachev’s final concert in May 2017, Ryu Goto will serve as soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto, in a program also including Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony.
Posted February 25, 2016