BSO will host Rachlin, 16, in new season

March 05, 1991|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff

THE BALTIMORE Symphony Orchestra today announced a 1991-92 program of 24 weeks of concerts and recordings, featuring pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Misha Dichter, flutist James Galway, 16-year-old violinist Julian Rachlin and guest conductors Mariss Jansons, Peter Maag and Gunther Herbig.

Other prominent artists in the season from Sept. 7, 1991, to June 5, 1992, are pianists Rudolf Firkusny, Yefim Bronfman and Andre Watts, and violinists Elmar Oliveira, Pamela Frank and Joshua Bell. Singers include sopranos Harolyn Blackwell and Faith Esham and tenor John Aler.

Rachlin, the violin sensation, will make his American orchestral debut here March 26 and 27, 1992, playing Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto No. 3. He was born in Lithuania in 1974 and moved in 1987 to Austria where he studies at the Vienna Conservatory.

BSO highlights announced by David Zinman, music director, and John Gidwitz, executive director, include the world premiere of Karolju, a series of new Christmas carols by Christopher Rouse Nov. 7-8, and a completely revised version of George Walker's Spirituals for Orchestra May 21, 22 and 23, newly known as Folksongs for Orchestra.

Overall, prices increase 6 percent. For instance, subscriptions for Celebrity Series Thursday night, rows E-Z in the orchestra go from $200 to $215 and in the Terrace D and Center, from $88 to $96. Individual seats for Family and Tiny Tot concerts rise from $10 and $12 to $13.

With two years left on his contract after this year, Zinman begins his seventh season. He will lead 14 of the 24 BSO weeks and three weeks of the 1991 Summerfest.

Zinman also conducts more new works in the Discovery series, at the Peabody's Friedberg Hall. On Nov 1, he directs music by Kamran Ince, Tod Machover and Michael Dougherty and on Feb. 22, 1992, pieces by Fred Lerdahl, Gyorgy Kurtag, Stephen Albert and Rouse, with soprano Lucy Shelton singing.

Making BSO debuts in the Celebrity Series are Hans Vonk, chief conductor of the Cologne Radio Orchestra, and Jansons, music director of Oslo Philharmonic. Returning are conductors Christopher Seaman, BSO conductor in residence; Hugh Wolff, Zdenek Macal and Sergiu Comissiona, BSO conductor laureate.

Debuting Celebrity soloists are pianist Alexander Toradze (Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3) and pianist Uchida (Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20), an acclaimed Japanese-born artist who lives in London. Returnees include Watts (Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2), Galway (Nielsen's Flute Concerto and Beaser's Song of the Bells) and Bell (Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3).

In the Favorites series, Swiss conductor Maag, music director of the Berne Symphony Orchestra, debuts here as do pianists Philippe Bianconi (Schumann's Concerto in A Minor), Hung-Kuan Chen (Chopin's Concerto No. 1) and Brigitte Engerer (Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2).

Returnees include Herbig, Toronto Symphony's music director; Chosei Komatsu, BSO associate conductor; Frank (Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A Major), and Bronfman (Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2).

Choral music under Edward Polochick includes Rachmaninoff's The Bells, with soprano Deborah Voight, tenor Jon Frederic West and baritone John Shirley-Quirk; Haydn's The Creation, with Blackwell and Aler; Faure's Requiem, with Esham and baritone Haijing Fu, and Haydn's Mass in B-Flat Major, Harmoniemesse, with soprano Sheryl Woods and mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby.

The orchestra will perform 91 works in 66 concerts in the Celebrity, Favorites, Casual and Discovery series, an increase of 21 works this season. Also set are six Saturday Casual concerts, 57 concerts for young people, Martin Luther King Jr. concert Jan. 15, another 13-week American Public Radio season (now on 107 stations) and concerts elsewhere in Maryland.

Earlier the BSO announced a "Super Pops" series of 27 concerts including a new Thursday evening series, only one Saturday series and Zinman's Pops concerts debut. Stars include Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Hal Linden, the Canadian Brass and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

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