In Sunday’s (5/3) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes, “If they were not told, most concertgoers would probably have no idea that the tough economy forced the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to make significant alterations to its originally planned lineup for 2009-10. … The symphony’s just-announced 2009-10 season, which opens Sept. 11-12 with pianist Ingrid Fliter and concludes June 4-6 with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, contains about the same number of concerts as previous seasons. The lineup includes two of the biggest draws in classical music—cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Lang Lang—as well as such other notable guest artists as violinist Leila Josefowicz, pianist Andre Watts and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The orchestra is also not backing off on contemporary repertoire, presenting the world premiere of Chris Thile’s Mandolin Concerto, as well as the local premiere of Peter Lieberson’s ‘Neruda Songs’ with up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor.” The orchestra eliminated works that require too many additional musicians and renegotiated some fees of guest soloists. “But [Music Director Jeffrey] Kahane said the orchestra avoided making trims that would have hurt the orchestra’s artistic integrity or downgraded its standing in the orchestra world.”

Posted May 6, 2009