Russia, Richard Wagner and music for film.

In the season 2012/13 the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich will give 85 concerts in Zurich as well as guest appearances in Germany, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. David Zinman opens the "Saison russe" with a Tchaikovsky Festival including Stravinsky's "Sacre du Printemps."

A special Chamber music series for young people and families has been introduced for the first time this season.

David Zinman, principal conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich since 1995, will conduct 47 of the season’s 85 concerts, including those in Vaduz, Luxembourg and on a major tour in Germany, where pianist Rafał Blechacz, winner of the International Chopin Competition, and the celebrated violinist Julia Fischer will join the orchestra as soloists.

One of the highlights of the season will be three concerts of Tchaikovsky’s most well known compositions, and David Zinman will conduct works specially composed for Diaghilev’s ballet company with Stravinky’s ‘Firebird’, ‘Petruschka’ and the original version of ‘ The Rite of Spring’ which David Zinman’s teacher and mentor Pierre Monteux conducted at the scandalous premiere in Paris in 1913.

In the season 2012/13, there will be three ‘Artists in Residence’ collaborating with members of the orchestra ad playing as soloists. These are the violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Andras Schiff. The British composer George Benjamin, pupil of Olivier Messiaen, and composer in residence at the 2008 Lucerne Festival will be composer in residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

In cooperation with the Zurich Film Festival and Forum the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich will participate in an international film music competition. David Zinman will be on the jury of the competition and will conduct at the award ceremony of the Golden Eye (endowed with CHF 10,000) together with the host Sandra Studer at the Tonhalle in Zurich. Film music, to be awarded with Oscars will be heard in the tonhalleLATE concert. The second tonhalleLATE will include Julia Fischer playing Dvořák's Violin Concerto, which she will also perform when on tour with the orchestra in Germany in March 2013.

Special seasonal events include the guest appearances of the New York Philharmonic with Joshua Bell and their conductor Alan Gilbert, and the St. Matthew Passion with Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe. David Zinman will conduct the fireworks concert in celebration of the New Year and then a performance of Honegger's "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher "with the Sing-Akademie Zurich, choir master Tim Brown.

World-renowned conductors will include Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur and Sir Roger Norrington. Lionel Bringuier, Jaap van Zweden, and Pablo Heras-Casado will return to Zurich to conduct the orchestra, and cellist Sol Gabetta, conductors Francesco Angelico and Alain Altinoglu, will make their debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

At the end of the season, David Zinman will conduct the opening concert of the Zurich Festival in a major concert of music by Wagner. He will also perform excerpts from Beethoven symphonies in Wagner's house, the Villa Wesendock, now the Museum Rietberg, in memory of the composer. In the series ‘Literature and Music’ one of the Sundays will be dedicated to the composer ‘Wagners Trieben und Treiben in Zürich’.


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