In Monday’s (4/12) Boston Globe, Jeremy Eichler writes, “The Boston Symphony Orchestra proceeded with plans to announce its 2010-11 season today, despite uncertainty about music director James Levine’s medical prognosis. Next year Levine’s official BSO schedule will be lighter, with 28 scheduled performances in Symphony Hall, down from the 37 performances that were planned for the 2009-10 season. (Back problems sidelined Levine for the majority of those dates.) Levine’s programs next season include performances of three Mahler symphonies (Nos. 2, 5, and 9). The music director is also scheduled to lead the first three symphonies of John Harbison as part of a two-season Harbison symphony cycle. For opening night on Oct. 2, an all-Wagner program is planned, with bass-baritone Bryn Terfel joining Levine and the orchestra for excerpts from ‘Der fliegende Holländer,’ ‘Die Walküre,’ and ‘Die Meistersinger.’ The conductor is also slated to lead Schumann’s Second and Third Symphonies to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.” Violinist Christian Tetzlaff will return for “the world premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle. That new work is a BSO commission, the only one of the season. There will be one American premiere next season: a cello concerto by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, with Alban Gerhardt as soloist.”

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Posted April 12, 2010