With concertos by Haydn and Brahms, ballet music by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, instrumental excerpts from operas by Britten and Strauss, and dances by Kodaly and Saint-Saens, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's 2012-13 season is truly international in scope.
That global approach also applies to the guest artists who have been invited to appear, a lineup that includes pianists from Ireland and Russia, a percussionist from Scotland, and American violinists with Korean and Israeli backgrounds.
Three of this season's soloists are returning favorites while four others will be making their Oklahoma City Philharmonic debuts. The orchestra's 24th season also will feature works by composers representing nine countries and music that spans nearly 250 years. As always, guest artists and repertoire are subject to change.
Kicking off the classics series Sept. 15 is a grand opening night concert that features “Autumn” from Glazunov's ballet “The Seasons” and Elgar's “Enigma Variations.” Pianist Conrad Tao will make his Oklahoma City Philharmonic debut in Dohnanyi's “Variations on a Nursery Tune” and Liszt's “Totentanz.”
“Songs of Land and Sea” is the theme for the Oct. 6 concert, one that will feature Glinka's “Kamarinskya,” the “Four Sea Interludes” from Britten's opera “Peter Grimes” and Kodaly's “Dances of Galanta.” Nearly two decades have passed since Gil Shaham appeared with the orchestra. He'll be the featured soloist in Brahms' “Violin Concerto in D Major.”
The fall portion of the season draws to a close Nov. 17 with a program titled “Blazing Colors with a French Twist.” This all-French concert will feature principal violist Royce McLarry in Berlioz's “Harold in Italy” and Barry Douglas in Saint-Saens' “Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor.” Rounding out the concert will be Saint-Saens' “Danse Macabre.”
Scheduled Jan. 12 is “Pristine Visions,” a program that pairs Dvorak's “Symphony No. 8 in G Major” with Beethoven's “Violin Concerto in D Major.” Returning favorite Stefan Jackiw will be the soloist in the Beethoven.
Colin Currie will make his Philharmonic debut Feb. 2 in a performance of Jennifer Higdon's “Percussion Concerto.” The “Motion & Emotion” concert also will feature Copland's “Fanfare for the Common Man” and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's ballet “Swan Lake.”
The March 2 concert, titled “Force of Destiny” will feature the overture to Verdi's opera “La Forza del Destino” and Brahms' “Symphony No. 1.” Zuill Bailey will make his Philharmonic debut in a performance of Haydn's “Cello Concerto in C Major.”
“Russian Enchantment” will pair Stravinsky's ballet “Petrouchka” with Rachmaninoff's “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor” on an April 6 concert. Russian pianist Olga Kern, the gold medalist in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be the soloist in the Rachmaninoff.
“A Globetrotter's Guide to the Orchestra” brings the 2012-13 classics season to a close May 11 with an all-orchestral showcase. The program will feature the overture to Wagner's opera “The Flying Dutchman,” Barber's “Adagio for Strings,” Tchaikovsky's “Capriccio Italien” and the 1945 suite from Strauss' opera “Der Rosenkavalier.” The orchestra's percussion section will be featured in Rouse's “Ogoun Badagris.”