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Classical Series

Rach Three & Sibelius Five

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

5/2

Thursday7:00 PM

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5/3

Friday8:00 PM

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5/4

Saturday8:00 PM

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PROGRAM
Michael Gandolfi – Selections from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Sibelius – Symphony No. 5

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3

PERFORMERS
Nashville Symphony | Robert Spano
, conductor | Simon Trpčeski, piano

As portrayed in the hit film Shine, Rach Three is a piece so virtuosic, so technically demanding, that it has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging pieces ever written. Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski is entirely up to the challenge. In his first-ever Nashville appearance, this celebrated artist will convey all of the musical and emotional energy in Rachmaninoff’s astounding score — originally written for the composer/pianist’s first American tour 90 years ago.

Bookending this masterwork are two resplendent musical evocations of manmade and natural beauty: Michael Gandolfi’s The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is inspired by landscape architect Charles Jencks’ remarkable sculpture garden in Scotland, while Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony evokes the composer’s own rapturous experience witnessing swans in flight, with peals of brass that convey the feeling of awestruck wonder.

 

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Classical Series

Thibaudet Plays Turangalîla

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

5/17

Friday8:00 PM

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5/18

Saturday8:00 PM

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PROGRAM
Messiaen – Turangalîla-symphonie

PERFORMERS
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano | Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot

Enter a world of sound unlike any other in Messiaen's singular Turangalîla-symphonie. This "song of love" features the ondes Martenot, a vintage electronic instrument that adds shimmering, otherworldly textures to an expansive piece of music that continues to inspire and astound listeners 70 years after its premiere. Bird songs, sacred Hindu music, Indonesian gamelan, percussive piano, soaring orchestral melodies — these and more come together to form what Messiaen called "a hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death.

This concert will open with a lecture and demonstration led by Giancarlo Guerrero and soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cynthia Millar, with a special focus on the ondes Martenot. Click here to learn more about this strange and wonderful instrument.

Please note: There will be no pre-concert lecture in the Balcony Lobby for this performance.

 

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