San Francisco Symphony is announcing its 2017-18 season on Monday, and after gazing deeply into my own navel, I have two predictions:
- Bernstein. Because it's his centenary, and because he was a mentor to MTT. I don't know which Bernstein, but it could be one of his symphonies, it could be a show they haven't done yet, it could be the Mass, which has made quite the comeback in the last few years. (I honestly think that this is the easiest predication in the known universe.)
- Totentanz. Because we've had Adès' Chamber Symphony, Polaris, and Concentric Paths, the composer's violin concerto. Somebody at SFS is a fan, and Totentanz is making the rounds to great acclaim.
And if the Bernstein Mass and Totentanz aren't performed locally next season, why, the great orchestra to the south has performances of both.
If I were programming next season and it included a lot of Bernstein, I'd try to put him in context by programming music by his contemporaries in the Boston/Brandeis school: Irving Fine, and my teachers Arthur Berger and Harold Shapero.