Today, though, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces its 2009/2010 season. I've gone through the full line-up to find a possible highlight for every month of the season:
Sept. 25: Opening weekend's “Salute to America” includes music by Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin with narration by Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham.
Oct. 1: Yo-Yo Ma performs with the ISO for the first time in 13 years.
Nov. 13-14: Joshua Bell returns, with music by Massenet, Ravel and Stauss.
Dec. 4-23: Fresh from her performance with ISO pops, Maureen McGovern hosts this years holiday show.
Jan. 22-23: Up-and-coming pianist Yuja Wang, who recently signed a five-disc deal with Deutsche Grammophon, performs Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. (FYI: It’s a winter/spring season heavy on Rachmaninoff.)
Feb. 19-20: Gramophone-Award-winning pianist Terrence Wilson performs Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.”
March 26-28: The ISO performs the songs and orchestral portions of “The Wizard of Oz” during a large-screen screening of the film.
April 8: Leila Josefowicz returns for a concert of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.
April 29-May 1: Cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott gets his ISO debut with a concert that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”
May 14-15: The world premiere of James Beckel’s “In the Mind’s Eye: Images for Horns and Orchestra.”
Anything you are particularly looking forward to?