Ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to present to you season 2016/17 of the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra. I have been and continue to be repeatedly told by concert attendees, subscribers and friends what great development the orchestra has experienced in the last few years with regard to musical quality. In an effort to continue this aim towards constant development, we have decided to expand our subscription cycle with a 6th concert starting in the 16/17 season.
The additional concert makes it possible for our chief conductor, Gérard Korsten, to conduct three concert programmes per season in future. We are pleased that the continuous and successful work of the last few years under his direction can thus be continued and intensified. We are also extremely happy to welcome Kirill Petrenko, the musical director of the Bavarian State Opera and designated chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, to the conductor’s stand of the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra again in the coming season. We look forward with excitement to the continuation of the Mahler cycle 9×9 with the performance of the 5th symphony of Gustav Mahler.
With the young, successful maestro Kevin John Edusei and Benjamin Lack, very well known in Vorarlberg, two conductors celebrate their debut at the conductor’s stand of the symphony orchestra. In Michael Hofstetter, a celebrated specialist in the music of the early classical period was lured for this year’s opera production Orpheus and Eurydice. He, too, will conduct the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra for the first time.
The high-calibre selection of soloists is international. Violinist Ilya Gringolts, pianist Anika Vavic, clarinettist Sebastian Manz, baritone Daniel Schmutzhard and harpist Xavier de Maistre are world-class performers. In Mara Mastalir, the celebrated Micaëla from the 2015 Carmen production returns to the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Seasons.
The programme of the 2016/17 season contains well-known material, rarely heard material and even unknown material. In the dramaturgical arc of suspense between promises and challenges, we would like to take you with us on a fascinating sound journey through the centuries. Look forward to a pearl necklace of masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Weber, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius and be curious about the composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Pēteris Vasks and Georg Friedrich Haas, who grew up in Vorarlberg.
I wish you a stimulating and exciting season with a great deal of music
Thomas Heißbauer (Managing Director)