Wednesday (3/3) on the Orange County Register Arts Blog , Timothy Mangan writes, “The Pacific Symphony’s 2010-11 classical season, released Tuesday, is a balance of classical standards and new programming initiatives. … The orchestra, California’s third largest, unveiled a new Great Pianists series, with pianists Lang Lang, Yuja Wang and recent Gilmore Award winner Kirill Gerstein among those to perform. Brazilian pianist Arnaldo Cohen returns to the orchestra to perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos over three nights. Composer Philip Glass will be the focus of the annual American Composers Festival. His oratorio, ‘The Passion of Ramakrishna,’ written to open Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2006, will be the featured work, with music by Glass and Ravi Shankar filling out the agenda. The orchestra’s popular Music Unwound series, which aims to stimulate audiences with new concert formats and educational extras, continues with three events focused on Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony and music from the Iberian Peninsula. A new work by William Bolcom, ‘Prometheus,’ for piano, orchestra and chorus, will be given its world premiere. The season opens on Sept. 23 with a guest conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero, on the podium.” Music Director Carl St.Clair will lead six of the twelve programs during the season.

Posted March 4, 2010