The San Diego Symphony unveiled Thursday a 2017-18 season intended to “feed your curiosity,” with local debut performances of orchestral works by composers ranging from Tchaikovsky to Wynton Marsalis.
The symphony’s chief executive officer, Martha Gilmer, told a gathering of symphony supporters that her goal in creating this year’s season is “stimulating your curiosity” without being too predictable.
“We are looking to bring familiar works to life, as well as introduce new artists and new works to our audiences, not only to feed their curiosity, but also to enlighten and engage,” she said.
Major works planned include Mozart’s somber “Requiem,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic “Scheherazade,” Elgar’s contemplative “Concerto” and Brahm’s pastoral “Symphony No. 2.”
The season features 11 guest conductors as the symphony searches for a successor to Music Director Jahja Ling.
“What I would categorically say is that there are many people conducting the orchestra next year who could be our musical director,” Gilmer said, declining to elaborate further.
There is an emphasis on American classical music, from Winton Marsalis’ “Violin Concerto,” to multiple works by Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” The symphony is also performing the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg‘s “Violin Concerto.”
“I think it’s important that this orchestra play music of our country, but also music of people who came to this country,” she said.
Well-known guest soloists include Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Anne Akiko Meyers and Louis Lortie.
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