Orchestras in Atlanta, Tucson, and Kansas City are among those set to perform world premieres during the month the November. On November 19, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will introduce excerpts from Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony, which incorporates elements such as call and responses and train whistles; it is the first work by the composer written exclusively for symphony orchestra, and will appear on three ASO concerts along with Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, with soloist Olli Mustonen. The ASO’s first performance of the complete Blues Symphony will take place on January 14, 2010, at the annual King Celebration at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In Arizona, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will mark the 90th birthday of Frederic Balazs, the orchestra’s music director from 1961 to 1966, with a performance of his Song—after Walt Whitman, for orchestra, with children’s voices. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will join the TSO for the premiere, which takes place on November 19 in the first of three concerts that also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. The Kansas City Symphony will perform the premiere of Avner Dorman’s Lost Souls, a piano concerto it co-commissioned with the Seattle Commissioning Club; Patricia Tall-Takacs and Gary Takacs; and International Arts Foundation. Soloist for the three performances (November 20, 21, 22) will be Alon Goldstein, whose performance clip from the work can be viewed at http://www.dormanavner.com/press/KC_Symphony_Press_Release_Oct_09.php.

Posted November 10, 2009

Photo of Wynton Marsalis courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center