“When planning a new Nashville Symphony season, Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero has one goal: ‘We try to come up with the biggest variety we can,’ ” writes Juli Thank in Sunday’s (1/29) Tennessean. “Mission accomplished. The newly released 2017-18 concert lineup ranges from Beethoven to the music of Journey. The diverse programming is no problem for the versatile 83-person orchestra.… Pianist Yefim Bronfman … will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in October, and acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell … is slated to return to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in 2018…. The legendary Brian Wilson will sing Beach Boys classics as well as his solo material when he and special guest Al Jardine perform three shows … The 2017-18 season will include a commissioned piece from composer Jonathan Leshnoff as well as contemporary works by Christopher Rouse and Kip Winger, among others.” Among the offerings will be a concert featuring music from Schindler’s List, featuring restored instruments that survived the Holocaust; the fifth symphonies of Mahler and Beethoven; MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with soloist André Watts; and Stravinsky’s Firebird on a program with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun and C.F. Kip Winger’s Conversations with Nijinsky.
Posted February 1, 2017