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The 2020-21 season will showcase the world premieres of CSO-commissioned works by American composer Gabriela Lena Frank and Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. In addition, Her Story, a major new vocal and orchestral work by American composer Julia Wolfe will receive its first CSO performances.

Frank’s new work will anchor a CSO program of American music led by guest conductor Bramwell Tovey on Nov. 5-8. Frank, composer-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra through 2021, often explores issues of multi-cultural heritage and identity. She was included in a recent Washington Post list of the 35 most significant women composers in history.

Lindberg’s new work receives its world premiere on a program May 20-22 and 25, 2021, led by Finnish conductor Mikko Franck. One of today’s most widely recognized contemporary composers, Lindberg has been hailed by the Times of London as “one of the major voices of 21st-century composition.”

Co-commissioned by the CSO with the Boston, Nashville, National and San Francisco symphonies, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Julia Wolfe’s Her Story commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guaranteed American women the right to vote.  The CSO’s performances of Wolfe’s will mark the CSO debut of the award-winning vocal group Lorelei Ensemble in a program led by guest conductor Marin Alsop on Feb. 26-27.

In addition to world premieres, the CSO will perform 16 works for the first time in 2020-2021:

Thomas Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (March 25-26 and 30)

Qigang Chen: L’Eloignement (Oct. 29-31)

Luigi Cherubini: Mass for the Coronation of Charles X (March 4-6)

G.F. Handel: “Dopo notte, atra e funesta” from the opera Ariodante (April 29-30 and May 1 and 4)

William Kraft: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra No. 1 (Jan. 14-16)

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst (Feb. 26-27)

Florence Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America (Nov. 5-8)

Lalo Schifrin: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra and Theme from Mission: Impossible (Jan. 14-16)

Piotr Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo in C Major, Op. 34 (Dec. 17-19)

Michael Tilson Thomas: Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind (Dec. 10-12)

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157; “Armatae face et anguibus” from Juditha triumphans; Kyrie, RV 587, and “Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele” from Ottone in villa (April 29-30 and May 1 and 4)

Julia Wolfe: Her Story, a CSO co-commission (Feb. 26-27)