SunTrust Classical Series

Debussy & Brahms

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Defining a concept as amorphous as light is a job best left to artistic hands, and this weekend’s Nashville Symphony bill perfectly summarizes the elusive concept with a solid lineup of era-spanning interpretations. In Debussy’s Nocturnes, the natural phenomenon is interpreted as a soothing, ethereal ease into darkness. His melodic perception calmly and seamlessly cycles through vivid movements akin to a landscape’s retirement from dawn to dusk. Situated in-between is James MacMillian’s The Mysteries of Light, a meditative look at light through a spiritual lens. Conversely, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor is less focused on literal lights, opting instead to pull back the proverbial curtain, undoing the contemplative lull previously secured by Debussy’s impressionist meditation and MacMillian’s theological cogitation. The refreshing burst of energy is compounded by an affirming leitmotif and the no-holds-barred attitude of Brahms’ approach to his final symphony, an ideal conclusion to the evening’s fluid theme.

—Matt Fox

Fri, May 3 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
$39.00 - $109.00
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Giancarlo Guerrero

Brentwood TN  |  Classical

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