Robert Spano, Conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Avi Avital, Mandolin
Commissioned for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Maestro Spano, The Parallactic Transits invites audiences to look to the stars. “I hope to paint an image both of the stars slowly moving in our field of vision and of we ourselves, moving metadimensionally around the heavens,” said the composer.
Returning to SMF this season is the explosively talented mandolin player, Avi Avital. The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy Award, Avital has delighted ASO audiences in past performances, and this weekend he returns to play a brand-new mandolin concerto from composer Jennifer Higdon.
Looking to the East, Maestro Spano conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic Scheherazade, the story of the crafty wife of the sultan who spins epic tales with cliffhanger endings for 1,001 nights. Rimsky-Korsakov paints an elaborate picture of Arabian nights. Don’t miss this final SMF appearance by Spano with the ASO!
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BULLER The Parallactic Transits
HIGDON Concerto, Mandolin
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Opus 35