Boston Symphony announces rich and varied 2012-13 season

April 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Charles Dutoit will conduct three weeks with the BSO next season as part of a new multi-year series.

With no music director appointment discernible on the horizon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s will notch another interim season in 2012-13 with several familiar guests and a few new podium faces.

Among the latter is Itzhak Perlman who will open the season Sept. 22, making his BSO debut as conductor and soloist in an all-Beethoven program.

Charles Dutoit will direct three programs next season, the first installment in a multi-year survey of Dutoit’s favored repertoire. The Swiss conductor will lead the BSO in works of Debussy, Martin, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Hindemith and Prokofiev.

Conductor emeritus Bernard Haitink will close the season next May with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and works of Brahms and Schubert.

Two celebrated British composer-conductors will return with both Thomas Adès and Oliver Knussen leading programs that will feature their own works.

Other podium guests include Bramwell Tovey (leading concert performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Christoph von Dohnányi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Stéphane Denève, Christian Zacharias, Christoph Eschenbach, Giancarlo Guerrero, Juanjo Mena, Alan Gilbert and BSO assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger.

Guest violinists are Joshua Bell (playing Bernstein’s Serenade), Arabella Steinbacher (Mendelssohn), Gil Shaham (Britten), Lisa Batiashvili (Tchaikovsky), Baiba Skride (Shostakovich), Renaud Capuçon (Sibelius), Pinchas Zukerman (Knussen) and Nikolaj Znaider (Brahms).

Keyboard artists include Nikolai Lugansky (Rachmaninoff No. 3), Stephen Hough (Liszt No. 1), Radu Lupu (Mozart No. 23), Lang Lang (Rachmaninoff No. 2), Garrick Ohlsson (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody), Daniil Trifonov (Tchaikovsky No. 1), Kirill Gerstein (Prokofiev No. 1), Christian Zacharias (Mozart No. 18) and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Saint-Saëns No. 5).

Other soloists include Dawn Upshaw in Sibelius’s Luonnotar; Anne Sofie von Otter in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3; Michelle DeYoung in an all-Wagner program marking the bicentennial of the composer’s birth; Claire Booth in Knussen’s Whitman Settings; Camilla Tilling in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4; Alfred Walker and Laquita Mitchell in Porgy and Bess; and Julie Boulianne in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

Alongside the repertorial chestnuts, several contemporary scores will be presented. August Read Thomas’s Cello Concerto, a BSO commission,, wil receive its world premiere March 14-16 with Lynn Harrell as soloist and Christoph Eschenbach conducting. And Kaija Saariaho’s Circle Map, a BSO co-commission, will be heard in its American premiere under the direction of Juanjo Mena (Nov. 1-6). Other contemporary works include include Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days for piano and orchestra, Knussen’s Violin Concerto and Whitman Settings, Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos, and Three Interludes from James MacMillan’s opera The Sacrifice.

Subscriptions for the BSO’s 2012-2013 season are available at or by calling 888-266-7575.  Single tickets, priced from $31 to $123, go on sale Monday, August 6, at 10 a.m.

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