Virginia’s Fairfax Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2009-10 season, which begins on September 12 with Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It will be the orchestra first season under its new music director, Christopher Zimmerman. During the season the orchestra will perform symphonies of Beethoven, Haydn, Sibelius, and Mozart. Other highlights of the orchestra’s upcoming season at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax include Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Legends; Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance and Violin Concerto, celebrating the composer’s 100th-birthday; performances by clarinetist Jon Manasse, violinist Augustin Hadelich, and pianists Chu-Fang Wang and Alon Goldstein; a piano concerto by Avner Dorman; and performances of Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with soloist Julie Albers, as part of a statewide celebration “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts from March to June of 2010.

Posted July 17, 2009