Andre Watts

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Grammy-winning symphony and a Grammy-winning American Classical Music Hall of Famer team up to take on Rachmaninoff

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The Program

Might as well call it a Gram Slam: a Grammy-winning American Classical Music Hall of Fame pianist joining a Grammy-winning symphony orchestra. Led by Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, this decorated pair of musical powerhouses presents an evening that plays to their strengths. After two pieces that let the orchestra shine, Watts demonstrates his skill with a rendition of Rachmaninoff’s dazzling second piano concerto.

  • Brahms—Variations on a Theme by Haydn: Despite the title, the work also known as the “St. Anthony” variations for its incorporation of the traditional chant Chorale St. Anthony shows few traces of its source. In fact, the question of authorship is even more tangled: many now believe the theme Brahms adapted was actually penned by one of Hadyn’s students.
  • Hindemith—Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber: The idea of composing a work based on Carl Maria von Weber’s music actually came from a dancer—Léonide Massine. But Hindemith made the concept his own, and not just by writing his name bigger on the sheet music. Rather, to craft his loose, dramatic symphony, he drew upon a unique source: some incidental music Weber wrote for a play by Carlo Gozzi.
  • Rachmaninoff—Piano Concerto No. 2: Tolling like a funeral bell, the piano welcomes in the orchestra for a melancholic beginning, but leads it to a triumphant note by the first movement’s close. When audiences reach the end of the piece, after the scales have been crossed and the keys have been hammered into dust, it’s easy to hear how this concerto cemented the composer as a legend.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Even though it opened in 2006, Schermerhorn Symphony Center looks like it's been a part of the landscape for centuries. That's because the center, which is named for Nashville Symphony's late maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, took its design cues from famed European concert halls. Its classic appearance is enhanced by 30 soundproof windows, which allow natural sunlight or unnatural spaceship lights to stream in. A custom-built organ rings out through the hall, and a convertible seating design allows the hall to morph into a ballroom floor for cabaret shows or weddings.

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