<< -- 3 -- Lawrence Budmen VISIONS AND MIRACLES
The New World Symphony is a training ensemble composed of the crème de la crème of conservatory graduates from around the globe. The musicians join the orchestra on two year fellowships. Each season approximately one thousand applicants are auditioned for thirty five openings. The orchestra's 2004-2005 season promises to be memorable. Artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas will be concentrating on Russian music -- beginning with an Opening Night gala program of works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich (with pianist Daria Rabotkina) on 9 October 2004. In March he directs a program of 'New Music from Russia' with scores by Alfred Schnittke, Viktor Kissine, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Valentine Silvestrov with piano dynamo Vladimir Feltsman and violinist Alexander Barantschik. In early April bravura violinist Leila Josefowicz (who was so impressive in John Adams's Violin Concerto last season) joins Tilson Thomas for an all Tchaikovsky program. Tilson Thomas also directs his own bassoon concerto Urban Legend and Drala by American composer Peter Lieberson. Principal Guest Conductor Alasdair Neale leads John Adams's Harmonielehre (7 and 9 May 2005).
On 7 and 8 January 2005 James Conlon conducts Recovering a Musical Heritage -- a concert devoted to composers whose lives were destroyed or uprooted by the Holocaust (Martinu, Schulhoff, Ullmann and Zemlinsky). Other guest conductors include Hans Graf, Baroque specialist Emmanuelle Haim (a Handel-Rameau program with rising coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb), Peter Oundjian, Mark Wigglesworth, Carlos Kalmar, and Paavo Järvi (who leads Nielsen's enigmatic Sixth Symphony). A Sounds of the Times series features Stefan Asbury (who led the Tanglewood Music Center's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream this past summer) conducting works by Roberto Gerhard, Mark Anthony Turnage, Luciano Berio, and Schoenberg on 4 December 2004 and A Night in New Vienna with the inimitable H K Gruber directing his own Aerial and scores by Friedrich Cerha, Johannes Staud, and Kurt Schwertsik on 22 January 2005. Soloists include violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Antonio Bohorquez, pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Garrick Ohlsson, and Jonathan Biss, and soprano Marina Shaguch. The New World Symphony is a unique musical resource! A rich season of music making lies ahead!