The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in northeastern Michigan has announced details of its 2012-13 season, which will open on September 29 with Music Director Brett Mitchell leading a “Parisian Soirée” program. That concert—featuring selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Ravel’s La Valse, and Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and La Mer—is the first of four concerts thematically tied to a geographic location or human journey. February’s program will focus on nature, with performances of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, John Adams’s pastoral work Common Tones in Simple Time, and Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Angela Fuller. A March concert centering on the afterlife will include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with soprano soloist Rebekah Camm. The season-concluding “Russian Milestones” program in May will feature Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Joan Kwuon, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1935 and performs at the Temple Theatre in downtown Saginaw.

Posted June 22, 2012