It'd be hard to argue that the economy has affected their programming for next year. It doesn't seem any more conservative than usual; there's no

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Seattle Symphony Announces 2009-10 Season

It'd be hard to argue that the economy has affected their programming for next year. It doesn't seem any more conservative than usual; there's no desperate retreat to the box-office safety of warhorses, just the usual judicious sprinkling of contemporary works among the big late-romantic pieces Gerard Schwarz handles best. His penultimate season as music director (he steps down at the end of 2010-11) is also his 25th; the silver anniversary is being celebrated with an opening gala Sept. 12 at which pianist John Lill will play both the Rachmaninoff 3rd and the Tchaikovsky 1st. Is that even possible?

Hmmm, what else looks interesting? (after the jump)

--A world premiere by Osvaldo Golijov, probably the most universally acclaimed American composer working today: his Fantasy on the St. Mark Passion will feature duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque (Sept. 24, 26, 27)

--The 5th Symphony of Mahler, one of the composers Schwarz consistently makes exciting (Oct. 1-4)

--Pianist Lang Lang plays, not one of his usual barnstormers; but Beethoven's 2nd (Nov. 1)

--A composer I've never heard of (I love when that happens): Ludwig Irgens Jensen, whose Partita Sinfonica comes up Nov. 19-22

--A recital by Renee Fleming, repertory TBA (Dec. 4)

--Kurt Masur, the ex-N.Y. Philharmonic director, guest-conducts Jan 7-9 (Mozart 40, Bruckner 4); he's just about as big a name as has ever appeared on the Benaroya podium

--Thomas Dausgaard leads Lutoslawski's 4th and Sibelius' 5th (March 25-27)

--Cellist Xavier Phillips plays Tout un monde lointain by exquisite French colorist Henri Dutilleux (April 22, 24, 25)

--Robert Spano conducts the SSO premiere (about damn time) of John Adams' Harmonielehre (April 29, May 1, 2)

--The SSO's third collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group includes music by Bach, Haydn, and Vivaldi (May 21-22)

 
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