More unfamiliar works in BSO's next season

March 06, 1991|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will play slightly fewer works by perennial favorites Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky and more unfamiliar pieces in the new 1991-92 season announced yesterday. But Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninoff get a good hearing.

The BSO plays three selections each of Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in the 1991-92 Celebrity and Favorites series, compared with four Beethovens, four Tchaikovskys and nine Mozarts during this season noting the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death.

At the same time, the BSO under David Zinman, music director, will probe the different territory of composers Nicholas Maw, Saint-Georges, Alfred Schnittke, Jacob Druckman, Roberto Sierra, Robert Beaser and George Walker.

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, Michael Dougherty and on Feb. 22, 1992, pieces by Fred Lerdahl, Gyorgy Kurtag, Stephen Albert and Christopher Rouse.

Works by many other familiar composers are also on the new schedule announced yesterday by Zinman and John Gidwitz, executive director. They include eight works by Samuel Barber, five each by Brahms and Rachmaninoff, three by Dvorak and two each by Stravinsky, Schubert and Mahler. The BSO is playing more Barber because it is recording six Barber pieces for the Decca-Argo label.

The BSO disclosed 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 include the world premiere of Karolju, a series of new Christmas carols by 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.

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.

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