The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Michigan will open its 85th season on September 21 at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”), and William Bolcom’s Commedia for (Almost) 18th-Century Orchestra. Arie Lipsky, in his fourteenth year as music director, will lead that and five other 2013-14 classical programs to include Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7; a semistaged version of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte; Prokofiev’s Sinfonia-Concertante; Arvo Pärt’s Fratres; Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra; John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine; and an all-Brahms concert featuring the Academic Festival Overture, Symphony No. 1, the Intermezzo in A major for piano in an orchestral arrangement by Bright Sheng, and the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with soloists Itamar Zorman and David Requiro. The orchestra also will perform its annual holiday pops program in December, as well as a three-concert family series and a Kinderconcert Series at libraries in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Dexter. The orchestra’s annual youth concert will take place in March at the Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus, featuring music from Holst’s The Planets and Williams’s Star Wars

Posted May 17, 2013