May 11 2016 09:00 AM

Lansing Symphony 2016-17 season brings big-name guests, major works

WEDNESDAY, May 11 — Two monster symphonies, Beethoven’s Ninth and Shostakovich’s Fifth, the world premiere of a new percussion concerto and two nationally acclaimed guest stars — guitarist Sharon Isbin and pianist Jeremy Denk — highlight the Lansing Symphony’s 2016-17 season, announced today.

Denk, a charismatic performer, writer and MacArthur fellow, will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Sept. 19. The concert will delve into the border-crossing nexus of influences among impressionist composers Respighi, Debussy, Falla and Ravel.

Beethoven’s joyous Ninth, with its famous choral ending, will resound in the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall Nov. 4, along with music by Handel and American composer John Corigliano.

Cellist Tanya Ell of East Lansing, now playing with the Cleveland Orchestra, will return home to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto Jan. 7. The concert will also feature Stravinsky’s seldom heard Symphony in C.

Isbin, mentioned in any short list of the world’s top classical guitarists, will bring a program of six diverse Latin American composers Feb. 11.

Violinist Dmitri Berlinsky of MSU will play Russian composer Alexander Glazunov’s violin concerto as part of an all-Russian concert March 4. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and a suite of music by Alfred Schnittke, “The Dead Souls Register,” will round out an intriguing survey of three generations of Russian composers.

A “Star Wars and Beyond” concert will showcase the music of John Williams April 22.

The season finale, May 19, will feature a Lansing favorite, dynamic percussionist Lisa Pegher, making her third appearance with Music Director Timothy Muffitt and the symphony. Pegher and the orchestra will premiere a new concerto by Ann Arbor composer Paul Dooley. Music of post-minimalist composer Michael Torke and the customary Tchaikovsky blowout — “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy,” in this case — will close out the season.

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Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2016-2017 season at a glance

Masterworks Series:

MasterWorks 1: Impressions

With pianist Jeremy Denk

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9

Falla: Suite No. 2 from “The Three-Cornered Hat”

Ravel: Piano Concerto in D Major

Respighi: “Fountains of Rome”

Debussy: “La Mer”

MasterWorks 2: Beethoven’s Ninth

With University Chorale,

Choral Union and State Singers

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4

Handel: “Zadok the Priest”

Corigliano: “Gazebo Dances”

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

MasterWorks 3: Dvořák Cello Concerto

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7

With cellist Tanya Ell

Stravinsky: Symphony in C

Dvořák: Cello Concerto

MasterWorks 4: From Spain to the Americas

With guitarist Sharon Isbin

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Lecuona: “Malaguena”

Tenriero: “Fuentes”

Rodrigo: “Concierto di Aruanjez”

Chavez: Symphony No. 2

Ginastera: Four Dances from “Estancia”

Marquez: Danzon No. 2

MasterWorks 5: Music of Russia

8 p.m. Saturday, March 4

With violinist: Dmitri Berlinsky

Schnittke: Suite from “The Dead Souls Register”

Glazunov: Violin Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

MasterWorks 6: Rhythm in Blue

With percussionist: Lisa Pegher

8 p.m. Friday, May 19

Smetana: Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride”

Dooley: Percussion Concerto, world premiere

Torke: “Bright Blue Music”

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy

Pops Series:

Oh What a Night! Music of the ‘60s

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Holiday Pops

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

Star Wars & Beyond: The Music of John Williams

8 p.m. Saturday, April 22

With guest conductor Stuart Chafetz

Chamber Series:

Chamber 1: French Wind Music of Les Six

Poulenc Sextet

3 p.m. Sunday, September 25

Chamber 2: ConTempus Quartet

Mozart, Schubert & Glass

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13

Chamber 3: Piano Quartet

Brahms & Schumann

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26

Chamber 4: Piano & Strings Quintet

Franck & Fauré

3 p.m. Sunday, April 30

Jazz Band Series:

Lansing Symphony Jazz Band

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11

7 p.m. Sunday, March 12