Summer At The Symphony

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

In the orchestra business, there are “warhorses” — works with massive name recognition that are expected to be a strong audience draw — and then there are warhorses. Closing the NSO’s two-night spotlight on Tchaikovsky, this program features one of the most exciting and bombastic pieces of all time, his 1812 Overture. Composed in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s 68-years-past victory over Napoleon, it’s a programmatic roller coaster of an anthem that gets pulses racing with pyromaniacal glee well before the cannon fire at the end. (Of course, indoor performances such as this feature drums or recorded cannon in place of the real thing.) A bit lesser known is the crackling, kinetic opera Mazeppa, from which “Dance of the Cossacks” is drawn. The Serenade for Strings gives our section an opportunity to flex its considerable muscle, while the sprightly Capriccio Italien serves as the calm before the storm. Many recordings are available of this material, but nothing raises goosebumps quite like a live performance. The recent financial difficulties facing our award-winning orchestra emphasize with a giant red marker just how important it is to share that experience and keep it going.

—Stephen Trageser

Fri, Jun 28 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
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Nashville Symphony

Nashville TN  |  Classical

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