The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced today nine guest conductors replacing the dismissed ISO music director Mario Venzago. These cover both the regular 20-program classical series and the newly introduced three-concert Symphonic Hits sub-series, included in the 20. These nine are in addition to ISO conductor Laureate Raymond Leppard, already scheduled to replace Venzago for the opening Gala weekend this Sept. 25-26. An all-American program, this will feature, among other works, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
, along with guest pianist Gabriela Montero and guest narrator F. Murray Abraham.
The second program, Oct. 8-10, features Juanjo Mena on the podium for Mendelssohn's 200th birthday celebration, performing the composer's Violin Concerto and Fifth (Reformation
) Symphony. Mena returns again for the 19th program featuring Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection
) on May 21-22.
Ludovic Morlot will replace Venzago for the sixth program, Nov. 13-14, featuring Hoosier violinist matinee idol Joshua Bell in Ravel's Tzigane
and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy
The ninth program, Jan. 29-30, will have a complete repertoire change with Pietari Inkinen making his debut with the ISO. The program, using baritone Hugh Russell and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, will feature Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer
and Fauré's Requiem
For the 10th program, Feb. 4-6, Gilbert Varga returns to the podium with guest violinist Christian Tetzlaff, playing Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony and Brahms' Violin Concerto in D - as originally scheduled.
The sensational Carlo Rizzi will return for the 18th program, May 14-15, with the repertoire unchanged, including the performance debut of ISO principal trombonist James Beckel's In the Mind's Eye: Images
for Horns and Orchestra.
The following programs are now called Symphonic Hits, emphasizing both the so-called "warhorse" repertoire and pieces by popular contemporary composers. The first one of these is the third classical program, Oct. 16-17, with Matthias Bamert returning after nearly a decade, to conduct a revised program featuring Shostakovich's Festive Overture and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson remains to play Chopin's Concerto No. 2 in F minor - as scheduled.
Program No. 5, Nov. 5-7, will now feature returning conductor Michael Stern. Along with ISO concertmaster Zach de Pue's trio, Time for Three, he will introduce Jennifer Higdon's brand new Concerto 4-3, written for the group. Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Mozart's 41st Symphony (Jupiter
) completed the program.
And last but not least, program no. 17, May 7-8, sees the return of the exciting German conductor, Jun Märkl, leading the originally scheduled program of Saint-Saëns Africa
Fantasy for piano and orchestra, with keyboardist Marc-André Hamelin, who also will play the Liszt Second Piano Concerto in A. Märkl concludes with Brahms's Second Symphony in D.