Five world premieres are skedded for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2007-08 season, its fifth in Walt Disney Concert Hall, in addition to a survey of Sibelius’ seven symphonies.
World preeming will be works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Michael Gordon, Oliver Knussen, Harold Meltzer and Terry Riley.
The Philharmonic will also present U.S. premieres of works by Kaija Saariaho and Thomas Ades (May 27, 2008).
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will make her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on April 8, 2008; Andras Schiff will begin a two-year survey of Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas on Oct. 10; and the org will present a one-time collaboration between Portuguese fado singer Mariza and Disney Hall architect Frank Gehry on Oct. 28.
Nonclassical series include Barbara Cook on Oct. 27, Gal Costa on Nov. 17 and bassist-bandleader Christian McBride leading a tribute to the Civil Rights Movement on May 16, 2008.
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto, which premiered earlier this month in New York, will be performed May 29-31 and June 1, 2008. Work was co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, the BBC, Radio France and NDR Hamburg.
The rescheduled U.S. premiere of Saariaho’s “La Passion de Simone” — a 60-minute oratorio co-commissioned by the Philharmonic, the New Crowned Hope Festival, the Barbican Center and Lincoln Center — opens the subscription season with soprano Dawn Upshaw; Salonen conducts the Philharmonic (Oct. 5-7).
The world premiere of Steven Stucky’s “Radical Light,” commissioned by the Phil, will be part of the Sibelius Unbound festival Oct. 18 and 19 featuring Si-belius’ Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7. Stuckey’s reworking of Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” will be heard on the bill with the Salonen piano concerto.
Two L.A. Phil commissions — Meltzer’s Piano Concerto for chamber ensemble and piano and Frank’s new work for soprano, percussion and two pianos — share the bill on March 25, 2008. Knussen’s Cello Concerto, commissioned by the Philharmonic, will be led by Salonen on a program with Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (May 23-25, 2008). Riley will perform an organ recital on May 25, 2008, that will include his own new work for solo organ.
A collaboration between composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison is part of the Concrete Frequency series designed to examine cities and built environments (Jan. 12 and 13, 2008).
The Sibelius overview includes “Lemminkainen’s Return” and Symphony No. 2, as well as Salonen’s “Wing on Wing” with sopranos Anu Komsi and Piia Komsi Oct. 12-14; Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 plus “Pohjola’s Daughter” Oct. 20 and 21; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Sibelius’ Lemminkainen Suite on Oct. 23; and tenor Ben Heppner performing songs on a program with Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 on Oct. 25 and 26.
Soprano Renee Fleming will be the featured performer at the opening night gala on Oct. 4.
The L.A. Philharmonic Assn.’s Songbook Series will feature Cook, Neko Case (Nov. 16), Bernadette Peters (Feb. 17, 2008) and John Pizzarelli in a Frank Si-natra program (March 16, 2008). Jazz shows include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (Feb. 1, 2008), a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (March 2, 2008) and the trio of Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette (April 16, 2008).
World music shows will feature Costa, the Chieftains (Jan. 16, 2008), Asha Bhosle (April 27, 2008) and the Kronos Quartet (May 3, 2008). Holiday concerts will feature the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Count Basie Orchestra and Chanticleer; Paris Combo will perform on New Year’s Eve.
Salonen and the orchestra take the Sibelius Unbound repertoire to Europe in the fall, with residencies in London at the Barbican Center and in Paris at the Salle Pleyel. Single concert dates in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon are also included in a 2½-week tour.