Oregon’s Rogue Valley Symphony will launch its 50th-anniversary season this September with Music Director Martin Majkut leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, with soloist Peter Serkin. The orchestra will perform five new works during the 2017-18 season, including the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Jonathan Leshnoff, Rogue Sparks. Two of the orchestra’s commissioned works being given their world premieres next season will spotlight local composers: Cantus, by I’lana Cotton and How Can You Own The Sky by Ethan Gans-Morse. Other new works for the season, co-commissioned with a consortium of orchestras, are Love Song to the Sun, a concerto for electric violin by Tracy Silverman, who will perform with the orchestra on electric violin, and a violin concerto by David Ludwig performed by Bella Hristova. Season repertoire will also include Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 (“Drum Roll”); Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”); Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Triple Concerto with violinist Ilya Kaler, cellist Amit Peled, and pianist Alon Goldstein; and Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with solo pianist Gabriela Martinez. The Rogue Valley Symphony is based in Ashland, Oregon and performs in Ashland and Medford.
Posted February 21, 2017