In Tuesday’s (2/23) Sacramento Bee (California), Edward Ortiz writes, “The Sacramento Philharmonic is putting to rest the recent and distant past with the announcement of its 2010-11 season. The coming season will see a return of five main-stage concerts, a new concerto competition effort and more long-range planning. The return to a five-concert season makes good on the orchestra’s plan to make this year’s four-concert season an anomaly. The shorter season was mandated by the recent economic downturn. The new season begins Oct. 16 with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and is markedly conservative in forgoing commissions and collaborations, like this year’s ‘Songs of Hope’ concert that brought Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi and a work by Iranian-born composer Reza Vali to the Community Center Theater stage. ‘We didn’t want to put any pressure on the fundraising … so you will not see the huge projects like the Egypt concert,’ said Marc Feldman, executive director of the Philharmonic.” Highlights include Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Ravel’s Bolero, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and a new work by French composer Philippe Hersant. “The season also begins a long-range planning process at the Philharmonic, Feldman said. As a result, the orchestra is planning seasons three years out.”

Posted February 23, 2010