New seasons for two Boston chamber orchestras

Two of the city’s busiest chamber orchestras recently announced programs for next season.

A Far Cry, the conductorless ensemble based in Jamaica Plain, will offer four concerts at Jordan Hall and four performances on the Sunday series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where it is a resident ensemble. The Jordan Hall series begins on Sept. 9 with a Czech-themed program devoted to works by Gideon Klein, Josef Suk, and Mozart (”Prague” Symphony). The Gardner series begins on Sept. 22 with a program entitled “Tapas,” featuring Jean Francaix’s Six Preludes, interspersed with shorter selections by Grieg, Hindemith, Rossini, and Corelli.

Next season, each of A Far Cry’s Sunday Gardner programs will be previewed the previous day in a free performance at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain. In addition to its Sunday concerts at the Gardner, the ensemble will also offer two performances on the museum’s Thursday-night “Avant Gardner” series. Among the group’s collaborators next season will be the Urbanity Dance Company and the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth. Guests soloists will include composer and toy pianist Phyllis Chen as well as violist Kim Kashkashian, who will play music by Schnittke on a Jordan Hall program. More information at, 617-553-4887.


Under the baton of music director Courtney Lewis, the Discovery Ensemble will also offer a series of four Jordan Hall performances. The first will be on Oct. 20, and will feature Sibelius’s Symphony No. 6, Ligeti’s “Melodien,” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, with pianist Shai Wosner. The ensemble’s second program (Nov. 24) features music by Thomas Adès and Rameau alongside Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Additional soloists with the orchestra next season include Nicolas Altstaedt in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Xiang Yu in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, which will be presented alongside Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 on the season’s final program. More information at, 617-800-7588.

Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler