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Monday, February 23, 2009

The BSO 2009-10 season

Highlights of the he 2009-10 Boston Symphony Orchestra season were announced last week at a press conference in Boston.

James Levine will conduct premieres of works by Peter Lieberson, John Harbison, Elliott Carter, and John Williams. Additionally, American premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas (led by Ludovic Morlot) and by Scottish composer James MacMillan (led by Sir Colin Davis) will round out the season.

The John Williams work titled "On Willows and Birches" will spotlight longtime BSO harpist Ann Hobson Pilot (who will retire in August 2009).

"Dialogues" by Elliott Carter will be performed by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in January of 2010, and during the next month the BSO's own Elizabeth Rowe will be the soloist in the American premiere of Carter's "Flute Concerto."

The Peter Lieberson premiere (March 25-30, 2010) will be a work titled "Farewell Songs" for baritone and orchestra, featuring Gerald Finley.

Levine's season will end with a premiere (April 9-11) of John Harbison's "Double Concerto" for violin and cello, featuring soloists Mira Wang and Jan Vogler.