California’s Santa Barbara Symphony has announced details of its 2009-10 season, which opens on September 5 with an all-Beethoven concert featuring Chinese pianist Lang Lang. The orchestra reports that the pianist donated his fee for the performance at the recently restored Granada Theatre, where he will play Piano Concerto Nos. 2 and 3 on the orchestra’s new Steinway concert grand piano. Executive Director John Robisnon reports that the orchestra has planned twice its normal rehearsal time with Lang Lang to ensure that performances “are not only spectacular, but also nuanced and refined.” Later in the season, the orchestra will perform symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Franck; it will also spotlight its principal players in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor (BWV 1043). Other repertoire for 2009-10 includes Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Joseph Schwantner’s Chasing Light…, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ausencia for cello and strings, with soloist Joshua Roman.

Posted June 26, 2009

Photo of Lang Lang by Detlev Schneider / DG