In case you missed it: Both Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony announced their 2015-16 seasons this week. There's a lot to whet the musical appetite. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Ricky Ian Gordon's "27" and the David Hockney production of "The Rake's Progress" at Pittsburgh Opera and the performers-slash-composers-of-the-year at Heinz Hall.
For those of you who are print readers, you might not have noticed the full PSO schedule, which was too long to publish. But it's in the online version, and I'll post it here for your perusal.
Sept. 12: "Cinema Serenade" gala, Manfred Honeck, conductor; Izthak Perlman, violin. Music from the golden age of film.
Sept. 18 and 20: Mr. Honeck; Daniil Trifonov, piano. Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 ("Italian"), Trifonov's Piano Concerto in E-flat minor, Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien."
Sept. 25-27: Mr. Honeck; Augustin Hadelich, violin. Bach's "Chaconne," BWV 1004; Beethoven's Symphony No. 8; Brahms' Violin Concerto.
Oct. 9 and 11: Gustavo Gimeno, conductor; Pablo Villegas, guitar. Jonny Greenwood's "There Will Be Blood"; Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un gentilhombre"; Stravinsky's "Jeu de cartes"; Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe" Suite No. 2.
Oct. 16-18: Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor; Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp. Edu Lobo's "Suite Popular Brasileira," Ginastera's Harp Concerto, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
Oct. 30 and Nov. 1: Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Conrad Tao, piano. Tao's "Pangu"; Gershwin's Piano Concerto; Strauss' "Symphonia Domestica."
Nov. 13 and 15: Jiri Belohlavek, conductor. Smetana's "Ma Vlast."
Nov. 27 and 29: Mr. Honeck; Michael Rusinek, clarinet. Rossini's Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra; Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Strauss family waltzes and polkas.
Dec. 4 and 6: Mr. Honeck; Yulianna Avdeeva, piano; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; soloists TBD. Mozart's Mass in C major ("Coronation); Schubert's Symphony No. 7 ("Unfinished"); Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor").
Dec. 5: Mr. Honeck; Mendelssohn Choir; guest soloists TBD. Handel's "Messiah."
Jan. 15-17, 2016: Christoph Konig, conductor; Tim Fain, violin. Respighi's Overture to "Belfagor," Glass' Violin Concerto No. 2 ("The American Four Seasons"), Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral").
Jan. 29 and 31, 2016: Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; Denis Kozhukhin, piano. Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, Rossini's "William Tell" Overture, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.
Feb. 12 and 14, 2016: Juraj Valcuha, conductor; Joshua Roman, cello. Wagner's "Prelude und Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde"; Dvorak's Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" Overture-Fantasy; Bizet: Excerpts from "Carmen" Suites No. 1 and 2.
Feb. 19 and 21, 2016: Marcelo Lehninger, conductor; Stewart Copeland, percussion. Copeland's Trapset and Percussion Concerto No. 1 ("The Tyrant's Crush"), Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1.
March 4 and 6, 2016: Mr. Honeck, Sunhae Im, soprano, other vocalists TBD, Sam Helfrich, stage director, Mendelssohn Choir. Bach's "St. John Passion."
March 11 and 13, 2016: Osmo Vanska, conductor, James Ehnes, violin. Sibelius' "Finlandia," Sibelius' Violin Concerto, Sibelius' Symphony No. 2.
April 1-3, 2016: Mr. Honeck, Emanuel Ax, piano, the All University Choir. Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, choral works TBA.
April 15 and 17, 2016: Mr. Honeck, Cameron Carpenter. Carpenter's Organ Concerto, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.
May 6-8: Mr. Honeck, Mr. Trifonov. Haydn's Symphony No. 93 (Friday and Sunday only), Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky's Symphonies Nos. 6 ("Pathetique," Saturday only) and 4.
May 13-15: Mr. Honeck, Martin Grubinger, percussion. Strauss' "Elektra" Symphonic Rhapsody (Mr. Honeck and Tomas Ille, arr.), Hartl's Percussion Concerto, Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" Suite.
June 10 and 12: Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor. Prokofiev's Suite from "Lieutenant Kije," Copland's "El Salon Mexico," "The Earth — An HD Odyssey," Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra," Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine."
June 17-19: Mr. Honeck, Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin. Mozart's Rondo in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, Klezmer Violin Concerto (conceived by Mr. Bendix-Balgley), Mahler's Symphony No. 5.