Meet the ‘New World’ … BSO Brings Back Dvorak’s Ninth

Five years and 22 days since they last played it, the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra will open their 2009-10 season with Antonin Dvorak ‘s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

The announcement came during the May 9 finale to the Symphony’s tumultuous 2008-09 season, where brochures cataloging next season’s programs were available. The season also was discussed briefly by Alan Futterman , who has officially introduced as BSO’s music director for 2009-10. Futterman was on the podium for three concerts during the just-completed season, replacing Elizabeth Stoyanovich , who was dismissed after five and a half extremely successful seasons.

(Futterman actually had the night off from baton-wielding duties for the May 9 concert, as they were shared by assistant conductor Gary Dahl and guest conductor Hilary Davan Wetton .)

Dvorak’s beloved “New World Symphony ” also kicked off the Symphony’s 2004-05 season. Futterman said the orchestra’s musicians voted it into this year’s program.

The 2009-10 season:

Oct. 24: “Oktoberfest: The Glories of Middle Europe” — Mozart: Overture, “The Magic Flute;” Schuman: Piano Concerto (guest soloist Irene Bowling); Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

Nov. 21: “A Night at the Opera” — excerpts from operatic works by Wagner, Verdi, Mascagni, Borodin and Mussorgsky

Dec. 12: “Holiday Traditions from the U.K.” — Handel: Chorus selection from “Messiah;” Holst: “Christmas Day;” Finnegan: “Christmas Sing-along”

March 20: Fiesta Latina” — Albeniz: “Asturias;” Lalo: “Sinfonie espagnole” (guest soloist Claire Sledd, violin); De Falla: “El Amor Brujo (Ritual Fire Dance);” Futterman: “Inca Funeral Music;” “Fiesta Mexicana;” Lecuona: “La Comparsa,” “Danza Lucumi;” Villoldo: “Tango El Choclo”

April 17 (Chorale): “American Melodies” — At Sylvan Way Baptist Church, the Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale, LeeAnne Campos, director, perform music by Copland, Berlin and Gershwin (Melissa Paulson, piano)

May 8: “The Final Flare of European Romanticism” — Mahler: Symphony No. 6

The Symphony’s annual “Vienna Night” fundraiser will be February 27 at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club.

Information: (360) 373-1722,

More later … — MM

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