It hardly seems a year since the CBSO was treating us to the last instalment of IgorFest, its project to perform the complete works of Igor Stravinsky over four years.
That's not surprising, as this season the focus has switched from spring to autumn.
This means it has moved out of phase with Birmingham Royal Ballet's parallel project of performing the complete Stravinsky ballets, which continues in February with an all-Blanachine triple bill of Agon, Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Symphony in Three Movements.
Meanwhile, an outstanding collection of performers will assemble in Birmingham on Saturday, October 28, for Igor-Fest's most spectacular concert to date. The Pokrovsky Ensemble from Russia will join Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to perform traditional Russian Wedding Songs and Stravinsky's Les Noces under the baton of Thomas Ades. This will be followed by a concert performance of the powerful "opera-oratorio" Oedipus Rex in which Sakari Oramo will conduct a distinguished cast.
The CBSO Youth Orchestra gets in on the act the next day, with a Sunday afternoon concert at Warwick Arts Centre in a concert, conducted by Oramo and Anthony Bradbury, which includes Stravinsky's youthful Symphony in E flat and a suite from The Firebird.
The following Tuesday, October 31, the CBSO returns to Symphony Hall with Oramo and pianist Kirill Gerstein for a display of Stravinsky's versatility and storytelling ability in a concert including his ballet Apollo and the colourful and dramatic Petrushka.
A performance of The Soldier's Tale suite for violin, clarinet and piano at the CBSO Centre on Wednesday, November 1 with Sakari Oramo playing the violin brings this showcase of Stravinsky's work to an end for 2006.
"I cannot imagine any other city in the world being able to mount a festival such as IgorFest," comments Oramo.