The 29 concerts of next season's recital series at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater will include the world premiere of a new work by composer Lukas Foss for clarinet, strings and piano -- jointly commissioned by the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, Carnegie Hall and the UCLA Music Center. It will be performed by the chamber group Tashi.
In addition, the Kronos Quartet will perform a new work commissioned from composer Robert Erickson, who was the cowinner of the Kennedy Center's Friedheim Award this season.
Another novelty will be a program of unpublished works by the respected early 20th-century Impressionist composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes, who died tragically in 1920 at the age of 35. It will include a 1919 work called "Salut au Monde," with life-size puppets by Amy Trompetter.
Other composers honored in the coming season's American Composers series will include Gordon Peter Getty, George Perle and Tom Johnson.
A new group of five solo and chamber music concerts, underwritten by the telecommunications firm Ameritech, will include the Fine Arts Quartet with pianist James Tocco; the Cleveland Quartet with pianist Emanuel Ax; pianist Ruth Laredo; the Chicago Brass Quintet and a concert of Hungarian music by cellist Janos Starker.
In announcing the new season, Kennedy Center artistic director Marta Istomin said, "I encourage guest artists to present neglected repertory as well as more familiar works. One of my aims is also to make people aware of very fine artists who are not well known to the general public and are masters of the chamber music form." It will be the sixth season of such Terrace Theater concerts.
In addition to Laredo, the solo pianists will be the young Pole Krystian Zimerman, in his Washington debut; Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich; Malcolm Frager; and the Hungarian Dezso Ra'nki.
Other chamber groups will include the Suk Trio, I Soloisti Italiani, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, the Mendelssohn String Quartet, the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Norman Scribner Choir, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg Ensemble and the Guarneri String Quartet. There will be a series of three concerts by the Music From Marlboro group. In addition, the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center will have its regular season in the Terrace.
There will be two other vocal concerts: by soprano Arleen Auge'r, and a joint recital by soprano Kristine Ciesinski and mezzo Katherine Ciesinski.
Violinist Daniel Heifetz will play a solo recital. And, finally, there will be the Young Concert Artists series, which will present four young international competition winners in their Washington debuts.