California’s Berkeley Symphony has announced details of its 2009-10 season, the first under its new music director, Joana Carneiro, a former League of American Orchestras’ Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Caneiro will lead four programs from October to April, beginning with a concert at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall with works by two Berkeley composers: John Adams (The Chairman Dances) and Gabriela Lena Frank (Peregrinos); Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is also on the program. Other contemporary-music highlights of the season include Steven Stucky’s Radical Light and “Lament” from the oratorio August 4, 1964; Paul Dresher’s Cornucopia; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images After Sappho, with soprano Jessica Rivera; and Jörg Widmann’s Con brio (Concert Overture for Orchestra). The orchestra will continue its “Under Construction” new-music series with three concerts highlighting works by Bay Area composers-in-residence to be announced at a later date. Kent Nagano finishes his tenure as music director with concerts on May 17 and 31 featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Ives, Brahms, Beethoven, and Alexander Muno; following this season, Nagano will continue as the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate.

Posted April 10, 2009