Symphony Orchestra has just announced its 87th season of classical and pops
concerts at the ISO's home venue, the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The 2016-2017 season
runs from September 15 to June 10 and features its usual wide variety of
repertoire, programs, performance debuts and a special tribute to the theater's
In his sixth season
with the ISO, music director Krzysztof Urbański has programmed such large-scale
masterworks as Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Brahms' German Requiem, Mahler's First Symphony ("Titan") and Bartók's
Concerto for Orchestra. Among the many guest soloists, the orchestra
collaborates with several especially admired ones, including violinist Hilary
Hahn and pianist André Watts. In addition, Urbański's frequent
collaboration with pianist Dejan Lazić continues this season with the performance
debut of Lazić's symphonic poem, Mozart
and Salieri, an ISO commission inspired by one of the more celebrated, if somewhat
fictional rivalries (i.e. Peter Shaffer's Amadeus)
in classical music.
"I am very proud of
this season of classical programs, as they represent my affection for
monumental works by some of my favorite composers," said Urbański. "Many of these
pieces I haven't presented in Indianapolis since arriving in 2011, so I'm excited to
lead the talented musicians of the Orchestra in these powerful programs."
In January of 2014,
Urbański programmed his first midwinter music festival with the
ISO, "Fantasy, Fate and War," which highlighted the major musical contributions
of Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich. Last
season, Urbański's love of music and science inspired a three-weekend
tribute to the music of the cosmos. This season, Urbański brings patrons
back down to Earth with a Music of the
Earth festival, a two-week musical extravaganza devoted to the Earth's
beauty and majesty inspired repertoire masterworks such as R. Strauss' An Alpine Symphony and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde ("Song of the
Earth"), among others.
"My idea for a
'Music of the Earth' festival was a natural extension of the 'Cosmos' theme
from last season, which was a great thrill for me as a conductor,"
Urbański added. "Now, I'm drawing inspiration from those composers who
were captivated by our beautiful planet in order to present another landmark
moment in music-making with the ISO."
Opening Night Gala
anniversaries occur in 2016 - the Hilbert Circle Theatre's centennial and the
state of Indiana's bicentennial anniversaries. To celebrate
these milestones, the ISO's premiere event, Opening Night Gala, will celebrate the theater's early
beginnings as a movie house and many of Indiana's great composers. Conducted by Principal Pops Conductor
Jack Everly, Opening Night Gala takes
place on Saturday, Sept. 24
Classical Series -
On Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Urbański opens the
classical series with pianist André
Watts performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The following weekend,
he presents an all-Prokofiev program featuring violinist Hilary Hahn performing the composer's first violin concerto.
Urbański and the ISO perform the debut
performance of Dejan Lazić's Mozart
and Salieri, specially commissioned by the ISO.
Urbański also conducts Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra; Brahms' German Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir (ISC); and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 ("Titan").
Urbański's Music of the Earth Festival in January will include R.
Strauss' epic An Alpine Symphony and Mahler's monumental Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth").
The ISO closes the season with a special
choral presentation of Orff's Carmina Burana and Bernstein's Chichester
Conductors making their subscription debuts
with the ISO this season include Edo de
Waart, Joshua Weilerstein and Matthias Pintscher.
Additional guest conductors include Bernard Labadie, Roberto Abbado, and Jun
Märkl, plus renowned soloists the Labéque
Sisters and Gil Shaham.
Returning to the podium are two former ISO
music directors. Raymond Leppard
will present a program of Mozart and Elgar, and John Nelson will lead the ISO in works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff.
ISO Concertmaster Zach De Pue and Principal Oboe Jennifer
Christen will return as soloists this season with De Pue performing
Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Christen joining Gil Shaham for Bach's
Concerto for Violin and Oboe.
Other significant works presented this season
include Beethoven's Symphony No. 3
("Eroica"); Stravinsky's The Firebird; Debussy's La Mer; Bruckner's Symphony No. 7; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
Pops Series - Highlights
Now in his 17th
season as the Principal Pops Conductor for the ISO, Jack Everly has
programmed a blend of premieres, tributes and guest artists to round out the
ever popular Pops Series. Highlights
The world premiere of The ISO and the Doo Wop Project, a
program that blends the "doo-wop" style with a full symphonic experience. The Doo Wop Project features five former
members of Broadway's Jersey Boys and
Musical and perform everything from Frankie Valli and Smokey Robinson to
The return of Cirque de La Symphonie -this time, set to the sounds of Broadway's
The presentation of Indiana
Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Film + Orchestra, just in time for the
film's 35th anniversary.
A return appearance by the
Grammy Award-winning contemporary jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti.
And, a weekend dedicated to the greatest
music in science fiction films, including a tribute to the 50th
anniversary of Star Trek in Sci-Fi
For a complete listing of the ISO's classical season, visit the ISO's calendar.