As announced today, the 2015-16 concert season of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich will continue both the orchestra’s rich musical tradition and several new initiatives led by Chief Conductor and Music Director Lionel Bringuier.
In his second season with the orchestra, Lionel leads 25 concert programs with special focus placed on 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, and Creative Chair Jörg Widmann. Lionel leads the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich’s Opening Night concert with Widmann’s Con brio and the premiere of Elegie (featuring the composer on clarinet) alongside Brahms’s Double Concerto with Batiashvili and cellist Gautier Capuçon. The program also features Scriabin’s Le Poéme de l’extase. Further concerts with Batiashvili include Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in October 2015, the TOZ’s 2016 European tour in April, and works by Dvorak for the 2016 Zurich Festival. Lionel also conducts Widmann’s Con brio on tour, preceded by a performance of his work Armonica with the orchestra in March. Other notable guest artists who in the coming season include violinist Janine Jansen, percussionist Martin Grubinger, baritone Matthias Goerne, cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, and pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Yefim Bronfman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Hélène Grimaud.
The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich’s 2015-16 season also sees the conclusion of the Ravel Cycle, Lionel’s survey of the composer’s complete orchestral works. Performances include Alborada del gracioso in September, the Shéhérazade Overture in October and a pairing of Ma mère l’oye and Rapsodie Espagnole in November.
Following a successful tour of France, Germany, and Austria earlier this spring, Lionel and the TOZ continue their series of performances on the great European concert stages. Their Opening Night is preceded with a special concert program of Brahms and Dvorak in Zurich which is then encored in Locarno, Switzerland, and Merano, Italy. Opening Night is bookended on the other side with a September concert with the Prague Festival. Lionel and his orchestra also makes an appearance at Warsaw’s Beethovenfest in March before embarking on its European tour in April with stops in Vienna, Rosenheim, Cologne, Paris, Heidelberg, Dortmund, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main.
(Photo: Francesca Camilla Bruno)