The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present three world premiere pieces and make four recordings during its 2010-11 season, while musical director Leonard Slatkin's contract has been extended through mid-2013.
In a statement released Friday (Feb. 12), DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons said that the extension "exemplifies Leonard's true strength as an institutional leader and his dedication to our collective pursuit of a bright and successful future for the DSO."
For next season that future includes a three-week concert cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies from March 24-April 16, and the world premieres of Bright Sheng's "Zodiac Tales" (Nov. 11-14), Stephen Rush's "Tango Symphony" (Dec. 3-5) and an as-yet-untitled piece by Du Yun (May 26-28). The DSO will also present of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (aka "Symphony of a Thousand") on March 18 in Detroit and March 19 in Ann Arbor to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth and the 100th anniversary of his death. a "Hollywood Pictures" concert (Dec. 9-11) will feature compositions by film composers Miklos Rozsa, Franz Waxman and Erich Wilfgang Korngold.
The orchestra will welcome a number of guest conductors and guest artists during the 2010-11 season, including Sir Andrew Davis, Mark Wigglesworth, Peter Oundjian, the DSO debut by pianist Sara Davis Buechner and the U.S. orchestra debut of Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang.
The DSO also has four recording projects lined up for the season, including: the November "Zodiac Tales" premiere; Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1 (Oct. 14-17) and "Isle of the Dead" (Nov. 11-14); Cindy McTee's "Battle for Orchestra" (Oct. 14-17) and "Einstein's Dream (Jan. 21-23); and a John Williams Cello Concerto set for Jan. 21-23 and showcasing DSO principal cellist Robert deMaine.
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