- $20 for one ticket to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s First Fridays: Asher Fisch Leads Rachmaninov & Strauss (up to $25 value)
- When: Friday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 5:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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First Fridays: Asher Fisch Leads Rachmaninov & Strauss
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov debuts with the ASO during Rachmaninov’s final piece for piano—which also happens to be one of the most daunting for violin. Israeli conductor Asher Fisch, who helms the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, steers the evening, concluding with a heroic tone poem from Strauss.
- Rachmaninoff—Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Despite the name, this homage to 19th-century violin virtuoso Nicolò Paganini is more a concerto than a rhapsody. Throughout, the piano explores two-dozen variations on a single theme until coming to a richly textured head.
- Richard Strauss—Ein Heldenleben: Although this six-movement tone poem tells of a hero’s journey through war and retirement, it’s often considered to be Strauss’s autobiography. Strauss, however, dismissed those accusations by saying, ”I’m no hero: I’m not made for battle.” Still it’s hard to ignore the way the piece seems to reference his entire body of work and ends with the conductor shouting, “Strauss is the hero!”