The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2009-10 season will include world premieres, collaborations with its current, past, and future artistic partners; and a celebration of Schumann’s 200th birth anniversary. The SPCO’s three-week Stravinsky Festival in January will feature an unconducted Apollon Musagète; The Rake’s Progress, led by Edo de Waart (artistic partner designate), with a cast that includes Heidi Stober, Paul Groves, Peter Coleman-Wright, and Nancy Maultsby; the SPCO in the complete Pulcinella ballet score and the Minnesota Orchestra in the complete Firebird ballet score. The SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra will play together in two performances of The Rite of Spring, led by Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Artistic partners Roberto Abbado and Christian Zacharias will conduct the four Schumann symphonies, and Abbado will conduct several other Schumann works as well. Artistic partner Douglas Boyd will lead Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending; and works by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Beamish. Artistic partner Dawn Upshaw will perform the world premiere of a commission by Alberto Iglesias, led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya; a program of Eastern European folk songs and Bach; and a program with former SPCO Music Director Dennis Russell Davies. Artistic partner Christian Zacharias, a pianist, will perform Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds, four Scarlatti sonatas, and a rarely performed keyboard concerto by C.P.E. Bach. During the season the SPCO will also perform world premieres by Michele Dall’Ongaro and Steven Stucky, led by Roberto Abbado.
Posted March 10, 2009