Season Highlights 2020-2021 Performances




* event postponed due to Covid-19

  • August 2020

    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Laila
    August 20-September 13 World premiere
    Finnish National Opera; Ekho Collective; Paula Vesala, director; Tuomas Norvio, sound designer

    Rodion Shchedrin
    Carmen Suite
    * August 20-30 World premiere
    Boston Ballet; Jorma Elo, choreography

    Gabriela Lena Frank
    Pachamama Meets an Ode
    September 3 World Premiere
    Uppsala Chamber Orchestra; Rebecca Miller, conductor
    September 17 UK Premiere
    Southbank Sinfonia; Rebecca Miller, conductor 

    Dmitri Shostakovich 
    Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47
    September 9-10
    Khatia Buniatishvili, piano; Orchestre de Paris; Marin Alsop, conductor

  • September 2020

    Poul Ruders
    Harpsichord Concerto World premiere
    September 10
    Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Leif Segerstam, conductor

    Bryce Dessner
    Concerto for Trombone
    September 13 + 20 World premiere
    Jörgen van Rijen, trombone; Case Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn; Scaglione, direction
    October 1-4 US premiere
    Jörgen van Rijen, trombone; Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Juraj Valcuha, conductor
    January 30 French premiere
    Jörgen van Rijen, trombone; Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; Adrian Pravaba, conductor

    Joan Tower  
    1920/2019
    * September 17 + 22 World premiere
    New York Philharmonic; Jaap van Zweden, conductor

    Bryce Dessner
    St Carolyn by the Sea, Concerto for Two Pianos World premiere of new arr, Wires, Lachrimae, Aheym
    September 26
    Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano; Parca della Musica Contemporary Ensemble; Tonino Battista, director

     

  • October 2020

    Daniel Cátan
    Rappaccini’s Daughter
    October 1-4 Argentine premiere
    Teatro Colón; Natalia Salinas, music director; libretto by Juan Tovar

    Outi Tarkiainen  
    Songs of the Ice
    October 2 World premiere
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, conductor

    Anna Thorvaldsdottir 
    METACOSMOS
    October 3 Belgian premiere
    Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Elim Chan, conductor
    January 20-21 Norwegian premiere
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner, conductor
    January 28-29 Danish premiere
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Kerem Hasan, conductor
    March 19-20
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, conductor
    April 15
    Oslo Philharmonic; Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

    Donnacha Dennehy
    Brink
    * October 9-10 World premiere
    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Krzysztof Urbański, conductor

    Rufus Wainwright
    Prima Donna (reduced version)
    October 10,13,19,21 + November 3,5,10,12,14 World premiere
    Royal Swedish Opera; Jayce Ogren, conductor; Mårten Forslund, director; Sabine Theunissen, set design; Jeanette Stener, costume; Linus Fellbom, lighting

    John Adams
    Shaker Loops
    October 22-31 new production
    Birmingham Royal Ballet; Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Paul Murphy, conductor; Will Tuckett, choreographer; Samuel Wyer, designer; Nina Dunn, projection designer

    Helen Grime  
    Violin Concerto
    October 30 + November 1 US premiere
    Leila Josefowicz, violin; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Jun Märkl, conductor

  • November 2020

    Anna Thorvaldsdottir 
    AIŌN
    November 5 Icelandic premiere
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Anna-Maria Helsing, conductor

    Gabriela Lena Frank
    Haillí-Serenata
    * November 6-8 World premiere
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey, conductor

    Nico Muhly
    In Certain Circles
    November 12 + 14 World premiere
    Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano; Orchestre de Paris; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor
    November 26 UK premiere
    Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Kahchun Wong, conductor
    March 5, 7-8 German premiere
    Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano; Düsseldorf Symphony; Alexandre Bloch, conductor

    Bryce Dessner
    Lachrimae, Aheym, and Skrik Trio
    November 14
    Bryce Dessner, electric guitar; Munich Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Giglberger, director and concert master

  • December 2020

    Bent Sørensen  
    Evening Land
    December 16 + 18 Swedish premiere
    Göteborg Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård, conductor

  • January 2021

    John Corigliano
    Triathlon
    January 14-16 World premiere
    Timothy McAllister, saxophone; San Francisco Symphony; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

    Dmitri Shostakovich 
    Symphony No 13 in B-flat minor “Babi Yar,” Op 113
    January 15
    Matthias Goerne, bass; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Choir of Radio France; Mikko Franck, conductor; Martina Batič, choir director

    Jeanine Tesori
    Blue
    January 15-24
    Lyric Opera of Chicago; Enrique Mazzola, conductor; Tazewell Thompson, Librettist/Stage Director; Donald Eastman, Scenic Designer; Jessica Jahn, Costume Designer; Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer

    Marc Neikrug  
    A Song by Mahler
    January 16 World premiere
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; ARC Ensemble
    July 4 + 6 US premiere
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; David Shifrin, clarinet; Chamber Music Northwest; Doug Fitch, director
    August 12
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; David Shifrin, clarinet; FLUX Quartet; Doug Fitch, director
    August 19
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; David Shifrin, clarinet; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, FLUX Quartet; Doug Fitch, director/designer; Nicholas Houfek, lighting design
    August 27
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; David Shifrin, clarinet; FLUX Quartet; Doug Fitch, director

    Anna Thorvaldsdottir 
    CATAMORPHOSIS
    January 27-29 World premiere
    Berlin Philharmonic; Kirill Petrenko, conductor
    February 10-13 US premiere
    New York Philharmonic; Hannu Lintu, conductor

    Lior Rosner 
    Metamorphosis
    January 29 World premiere
    Andrew Watts, countertenor; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Dalia Stasevska, conductor

    Dmitri Shostakovich 
    Piano Concerto No 2 in F Major, Op 93
    January 29-30
    Steven Osborne, piano; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langrée, conductor

  • February 2021

    Bryce Dessner
    New composition for orchestra
    February 3-5 World premiere
    February 9 French premiere
    May 17 Spanish premiere
    Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov, conductor
    June 23-25 Swiss premiere
    Tonhalle Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov, conductor
    July 2 German premiere
    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov, conductor

    Kaija Saariaho
    New work for ensemble
    February 16 World premiere
    Ensemble Connect

    Bent Sørensen
    Papillons: Rosenbad, Pantomime, and Mignon
    February 25 UK premiere
    Víkingur Ólafsson, piano; Philharmonia Orchestra;

    Poul Ruders
    Symphony No 5
    February 25 German premiere
    NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Thomas Adés, conductor

    Missy Mazzoli
    Breaking the Waves
    February 27-March 21
    Los Angeles Opera; Grant Gershon, conductor; James Darrah, director; Adam Rigg, scenery; Pablo Santiago, lighting; Adam Larsen, projections
    April 16-29
    Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Nicole Paiement, conductor; Tom Morris, director; Soutra Gilmour, set and costume design; Richard Howell, lighting; Will Duke, projections; Richard Bado, chorus master

  • March 2021

    Joby Talbot
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    March 5-May 2 World premiere
    The Dallas Opera; Emmanuel Villaume, conductor; Gene Scheer, librettist; Leonard Foglia, director; Robert Brill, set designer; Gavin Swift, lighting

    Sergei Prokofiev
    Cinderella
    March 11-20
    National Ballet of Canada, David Briskin, conductor; James Kudelka, choreographer; David Boechler, design; Christopher Dennis, lighing

    Bent Sørensen  
    St. Matthew Passion
    March 12 World premiere
    Ensemble Allegria; The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir; Grete Pedersen, conductor
    April 9 Danish premiere
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Andris Poga, conductor

    Missy Mazzoli
    The Listeners
    March 13-26 World premiere
    Norwegian National Opera; Ilan Volkov, conuctor

    Outi Tarkiainen  
    The Ring of Fire and Love
    March 17-18 World premiere
    Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo, conductor

    Gabriela Lena Frank
    Chronicles of the Picaflor
    March 18-20 World premiere
    Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

    Bryce Dessner
    Violin Concerto
    March 26 World premiere
    Pekka Kuusisto, violin; Frankfurt Radio Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
    June 17-20 US premiere
    Pekka Kuusisto, violin; San Francisco Symphony; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Alfred Schnittke 
    Symphony No 1
    March 24-28
    National Ballet of Canada; John Neumeier, choreographer

    Helen Grime  
    New work for soprano and strings
    March 26-28 World premiere
    Ruby Hughes, soprano; Musica Vitae

  • April 2021

    Aaron Jay Kernis
    Edensongs
    April 2021 World premiere
    Juilliard 415 + Yale Institute of Sacred Music
    May 31-June 5 European premiere
    Yale Institute of Sacred Music

    Philip Glass  
    New Work for Orchestra
    April 1, 21-22 World premiere
    National Arts Centre Orchestra
    April 28 US premiere
    Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra; Alexander Shelley, conductor

    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Op. 29
    April 6, 8, 10 + 14
    Kristine Opolais, soprano;  Michelle Trainor, soprano; Neal Ferreira, tenor; David Kravitz, baritone; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Andris Nelsons, conductor; James Burton, chorus conductor

    Du Yun
    In Our Daughter's Eyes
    April 8-11 World premiere
    Nathan Gunn, baritone; Los Angeles Opera; Julian Wachner, conductor; Michael Joseph McQuilken, librettist/director; Beth Morrison, creative producer

    Donnacha Dennehy
    Violin Concerto
    April 9-12, 2021 World premiere
    Augustin Hadelich, violin; Oregon Symphony; Markus Stenz, conductor

    Bryce Dessner
    St Carolyn by the Sea and Concerto for Two Pianos
    April 10
    Bryce and Aaron Dessner, electric guitar; Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano; Orchestre National de Lyon; André de Ridder, direction

    Hildur Guðnadóttir
    Joker
    Live in Concert
    April 14
    La Seine Musicale

    Daniel Cátan
    Il Postino
    April 17-25 Midwest premiere
    Chicago Opera Theater; Iván López Reynoso, conductor; Crystal Manich, director; Liliana Duque Piñiero, scenic designer; Paul Hackenmueller, lighting; Tláloc López-Watermann, projection; Alice Fredrickson, costume

    Philip Glass  
    Symphony No 13, “Lichtenstein”
    April 22 World premiere
    LGT Young Soloists

  • May 2021

    Aaron Jay Kernis
    Violin Concerto
    May 13 UK premiere
    James Ehnes, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Gemma New, conductor

    Philip Glass
    Circus Days and Nights
    May 29-June 13 World premiere
    Malmö Opera & Music Theater; Minna Weurlander, bandmaster/accordion; David Henry Hwang and Tilde Björfors, libretto; Tilde Björfors, direction and concept; Magdalena Åberg, scenography and costume design; Ellen Ruge, lighting

  • June 2021

    Florence Price  
    Piano Concerto in One Movement
    June 3-6
    Aaron Diehl, piano; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Kaija Saariaho
    Only the Sound Remains
    June 5 New production
    Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
    July 1
    Palau de la Musica; Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, conductor

    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Gemini
    June 10 European premiere
    Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Du Yun
    New Work for Large Ensemble
    June 11 World premiere
    New York Philharmonic

    Dmitri Shostakovich 
    Symphony No 14, Op 135
    June 13
    Asmik Grigorian, soprano; Matthias Goerne, baritone; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck, conductor

  • July 2021

    Helen Grime
    New Work for String Quartet
    July 10 World premiere
    The Heath Quartet
    August 4+6 US premiere
    The Flux Quartet

    Donnacha Dennehy
    The First Child
    July 12-25 World premiere
    Galway International Festival of the Arts

  • Summer 2021

    John Corigliano
    The Lord of Cries
    Santa Fe Opera in summer 2021

    Kaija Saariaho
    Blick
    Summer 2021
    Amos Rex 

    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    New Song Cycle
    2021 World premiere
    Julia Bullock, soprano; San Francisco Symphony; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Joan Tower  
    Cello Concerto
    Summer 2021 World premiere
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Colorado Music Festival Orchestra; Peter Oundjian, conductor