The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season, announced Thursday afternoon, will open in August with a three-night festival featuring finalists from the upcoming Cliburn Competition playing the first three piano concertos of Rachmaninoff.
Paired with a concerto each night will be one of the last three symphonies of Tchaikovsky. Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct. The festival, on Aug. 23, 24 and 25, will be titled From Russia With Love.
The competition's gold medalist will not be on the August festival because the Cliburn organization has already planned a heavy post-competition schedule for the winner.
One highlight of the Fort Worth Symphony's season will be the first appearance with the orchestra of superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, playing Dvorak's Cello Concerto in the orchestra's annual gala April 3, 2014.
Other highlights include performances of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah, which will bring together choral groups from TCU, Baylor and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; the annual December performance of Handel's Messiah, with the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale; and a program of Latin American music in January from Harth-Bedoya's Caminos del Inka project.
One innovation will be an Embrace the World Through Music series of works by composers from varied locations -- most of the composers being little-known in the United States though well-known in their own countries.
They include Henry Lissant-Collins (South Africa), An-Lun Huang (China), Pancho Vladigerov (Bulgaria), Gyorgy Ligeti (Hungary), Donnacha Dennehy (Ireland), Nikos Skalkottas (Greece), Arvo Part (Estonia), Carl Nielsen (Denmark), Peter Sculthorpe (Australia) and Alexander Arutiunian (Armenia). Their works will be spread throughout the season, with Dennehy -- the orchestra's composer-in-residence -- particularly well-represented.
Otherwise, the repertoire is fairly conventional. Particularly welcome are two exceptionally beautiful works that, for some reason, are not often played: Dvorak's Violin Concerto in October and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7 in January. Wagner fans will be pleased with a selection of orchestral music from Gotterdammerung in March 2014.
There will be a time change in 2013-14: Saturday night concerts will begin at 7:30, the same as Friday nights. Sunday afternoon concerts will remain the same, 2 p.m.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 2013-14 season
Aug. 23: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, Harth-Bedoya conducting, soloist to be determined.
Aug. 24: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Harth-Bedoya conducting, soloist to be determined.
Aug. 25: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Harth-Bedoya conducting, soloist to be determined.
Sept. 13-15: Lissant-Collins' Fuquoi in the Sugar Cane, Dennehy's That the Night Comes, Richard Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Harth-Bedoya conducting, Jessica Rivera, soprano.
Oct. 4-6: Huang's Saibei Dance, Dvorak's Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, Mei-Ann Chen conducting, Benjamin Beilman violinist.
Oct. 25-27: Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Vladigerov's Improvisation and Toccata, Debussy's La Mer, Rossen Milanov conducting.
Nov. 15-17: Ligeti's Romanian Concerto, Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, Joshua Weilerstein conducting, Adam Golka pianist.
Jan. 10-12: Dennehy's Crane, and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 7, Harth-Bedoya conducting, Anne Akiko Meyers violinist.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2: Skalkottas' selections from Greek Dances, Jennifer Higdon's Concerto 4-3, Schumann's Symphony No. 4, Alejandro Posada conducting, Time for Three ensemble.
Feb. 21-23: Part's Psalom, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Harth-Bedoya conducting, Jonathan Beyer, Jonathan Boyd, Virginia Dupuy and Ava Pine vocal soloists, TCU Chorale, Baylor Chorale, Southwestern Singers.
March 7-9, 2014: Rossini's Overture to La Gazza Ladra, Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, Harth-Bedoya conducting, Joyce Yang pianist.
March 21-23, 2014: Sculthorpe's Earth Cry, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, Wagner's orchestral music from Gotterdammerung, Harth-Bedoya conducting, Steven Osborne pianist.
May 23-25, 2014: Dennehy's The Vandal, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Harth-Bedoya conducting, Tine Thing Helseth trumpeter.
Sept. 6-8: "Rhapsody in Blue: An Evening of Gershwin," Jeff Tyzik conducting, Doug LaBrecque vocalist, Jon Nakamatsu pianist.
Oct. 11-13: "Singin' in the Rain," Harth-Bedoya conducting.
Nov. 1-3: "From Broadway to Symphony," Harth-Bedoya conducting, Ashley Brown vocalist.
Nov. 29-Dec. 1: "Home for the Holidays," Andres Franco conducting, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Chorus.
Feb. 7-9: "Chris Mann," Franco conductor, Mann vocals.
April 4-6, 2014: "Radio Days: A Salute to Troops," Harth-Bedoya conducting, Five by Design ensemble.
May 16-18, 2014: "Pixar in Concert," Franco conducting.
Dec. 3: Messiah, David Thye conducting, Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale.
Dec. 31: "New Year's Eve: Simply Sinatra," Steve Sigmund conducting, Steve Lippia vocalist.
Jan 4: "Sci-Fi Spectacular," Jack Everly conducting, George Takei narrator, Kristen Plumley vocalist, Mike Runyan pianist.
Jan. 25: "Caminos del Inka: The Hidden Music," Harth-Bedoya conducting, Jessica Warren Acosta flutist, Jesus Castro-Balbi cellist.
April 3, 2014: "Gala: Yo-Yo Ma," Harth-Bedoya conducting, Ma cellist.