In March 2012, Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian passed away at age 91. From his early cantata, Motherland, for which he won the Stalin Prize ahead of Shostakovich, to his final piece in 2011, a flute concerto, Arutiunian explored ways of harnessing intensity of emotion within established classical forms, flavoured variously with regional characteristics. This month we'll hear his Trumpet Concerto performed by Mark Niehaus with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
11/7 Schumann: Symphony No. 4 Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Edo de Waart, cond)
11/14 Ligeti: Concert Românesc Mozart: Symphony No. 38, Prague Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish (Julian Kuerti , cond)
11/21 Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 (Mark Niehaus, tr; Evian Rogister, cond)
11/28 Schubert: Symphony No. 8, The Great Stravinsky/Nieweg: Le Sacre du Printemps (Edo de Waart, cond)