Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2011-12 season, which will open on September 23 with Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate conducting Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with soloist Horacio Gutierrez. Other season highlights include the world premiere of Credo by Kjartan Sveinsson, the keyboardist of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós; Kaija Saariaho’s Graal Théâtre for violin and orchestra, with soloist Jennifer Koh; an all-Shostakovich program led by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer’s son; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and vocal soloists; and Silvestre Revueltas’s film score La noche de los Mayas in a presentation that will also incorporate choreography, performed by Winnipeg’s Bolero Dance Theatre and the School of Contemporary Dancers. The orchestra will present its third Indigenous Festival from October 12 to 15, 2011, exploring music traditions from China, Mexico, and North America. Winnipeg’s annual New Music Festival will take place from January 28 to February 3, featuring composers from Iceland, Finland, the U.S., and Canada; joining the orchestra at the festival will be guest composer Kaiija Saariaho and composer-in-residence Vincent Ho.

Posted March 10, 2011