On October 24, 25, & 26, Susanna Mälkki returns to Symphony Hall to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a sensually colorful program of French music. Additionally, the program features the American premiere of Swiss composer Dieter Ammann’s new work for piano and orchestra, written for the German-born Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger.

Debussy’s three-movement symphonic sketch La Mer—which was given its American premiere by the BSO in 1907—is a musical depiction of the changing states of the sea over a day. The program also includes Fauré’s stately and gorgeous Pavane, as well as the third movement of Olivier Messiaen’s early orchestral work L’Ascension, which already demonstrates the composer’s unique voice as well as his Debussy-influenced musical heritage.