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Violinists Midori and Itzhak Perlman, pianist Lang Lang will headline ASO’s 2012-13 season

Midori will perform Beethoven to open the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this morning announced the programming for its 2012-13 season.

Superstar violinist Midori will headline the orchestra’s 68th-season opener on October 4, performing Beethoven’s only violin concerto, conducted by ASO Music Director Robert Spano. The Beethoven will be paired on that program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

The ASO Chorus will join Spano and the orchestra on October 18 and 20 at Symphony Hall, leading up to a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall on October 27. That program includes the Suite from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and two significant 20th-century choral works: Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Sir William Walton’s monumental “Belshazzar’s Feast.”

Other highlights of the season will include:

  • Performances of J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem,” featuring the ASO Chorus and soloists.
  • One-night-only appearances by pianist Lang Lang performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Itzhak Perlman leading Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” as violin soloist, then conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
  • Three world premieres: Michael Gandolfi’s Clarinet Concerto featuring ASO principal clarinetist Larua Ardan, a piano concerto by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, and a new work by ASO contrabassist Michael Kurth.
  • Donald Runnicles, the ASO’s principal guest conductor, will lead a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with these ASO soloists: concertmaster David Coucheron, principal cellist Christopher Rex and Spano as pianist.

More information about the 2012-13 season can be found at the orchestra’s website.