The Santa Rosa Symphony will bring back guest artists from the past while premiering three new pieces during its 2013-2014 season, entitled "Encores and Debuts."
The 86th season will mark the symphony's second year as resident orchestra of the Green Music Center and Music Director Bruno Ferrandis' eighth year on the podium.
Returning soloists include pianist Jon Kimura Parker, soprano Christine Brandes, pianist Philippe Bianconi, cellist Maya Beiser and violinist Tedi Papavrami.
Among the new works programmed during the regular Classical Series will be a world Premiere Viola Concerto by Behzad Ranjbaran performed in March 2014 by Paul Silverthorne, principal violist of the London Symphony.
Wu Man, the world's foremost pipa virtuoso, will give an American premiere in January 2014 of Zhao Jiping's Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra. (A pipa is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument.) That concert will be led by guest conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke, who led the orchestra in 2011.
"Music of the Spheres," a special choral concert in collaboration with the Sonoma Bach Choir on Nov. 23, will feature "Music of the Spheres," a collection of works that evoke the cosmos in musical terms.
A new benefit performance on May 22, 2014 will feature pianist/Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane playing concertos by Brahms and Chopin with the Santa Rosa Symphony led by Ferrandis.
On the education front, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will take part in a week-long engagement program with world-renowned violinist Midori in March 2014. As part of that program, Midori, will perform with the youth orchestra.
Here are the Classical Series concerts, consisting of seven triple sets at 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Mondays. All concerts are led by Ferrandis, with the exception of the January set.
— A Celebratory Opening Oct. 5, 6 and 7: Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Papavrami, will be paired with Shostakovich's monumental Symphony No. 5 and John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine."
— Multicultural Magic on Nov. 9, 10 and 11: Beiser, who last played here in 2007, will play two cello works by Osvaldo Golijov and Max Bruch. Alberto Ginastera's Four Dances from "Estacia," Gershwin's Cuban Overture, "Rhumba," and "Catfish Row Suite" round out the program.
- Contemplation of Peace and War on Dec. 7, 8 and 9: The Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir and three vocal soloists join the symphony for Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 "Jeremiah," Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" and Leopold Mozart's "The Toy Symphony."
- East/West Musical Dialogue on Jan. 11, 12 and 13: Guest conductor Diemecke leads Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastorale," Mozart's Symphony No. 15 and a Zhao Jiping's Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra.
- Sons of the Fjord on Feb. 15, 16 and 17: Bianconi performs Grieg's Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra. Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 and an American premiere of Norwegian composer Orjan Matre's "Resurgence" for Orchestra complete the Scandinavian program.
- Viola Virtuosity on March 22, 23 and 24: Two Russian works, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," bookend the world premiere of Ranjbaran's Viola Concerto performed by Silverthorne.
— Spring Rhapsody on May 3, 4 and 5: Pianist Parker performs Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," sandwiched between two odes to spring: Debussy's "Printemps" and Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."