AEGIS Sciences Classical Series
To compensate for last season’s lack of Russian repertoire, Nashville Symphony devoted its annual summer series to the works of Tchaikovsky. Now, the 2013-14 classical series kicks off with a proper sampling of Russia’s finest. The unmistakable first notes of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain begin the evening with a thunderous example of Russia’s most vibrant era, a chapter guided by the composer and fellow members of The Mighty Coterie. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 draws from this brand of romanticism while simultaneously adding 20th century embellishments of virtuosic piano and symphonic dissonance. Shostakovich, an admirer of Mussorgsky and contemporary of Prokofiev, was able to glean similar elements from both composers, and his ability to sneak anti-Stalin parody into the contextual framework of Symphony No. 5’s militant sentiment elevated his work from artistic expression to bold political commentary. Spanning more than a century, the works of the three composers provide an intriguing exploration of inspiration’s cultural significance within an artistic community.
Fri, Sep 6 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center