Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in their final performance this season at Kennesaw State. It's a truly international evening as the orchestra is joined by French pianist Alexadre Tharaud for a stirring performance of Ravel's Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand Alone. This unique piece was composed for a pianist who had lost an arm in World War I. Designed to be played one-handed, it's is a remarkable synthesis of classical and jazz elements. Following is Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnol, a magically orchestrated celebration of the beauties and mysteries of Spain with enticing melodies and rhythms. The program is bounded by a pair of works about the sea: Berlioz's Overture to Le Corsaire, inspired by Lord Byron's tale of the seafaring hero, and Debussy's La Mer, inspired by the composer's lifelong passion for the sea.
Berlioz: Overture to Le Corsaire
Ravel: Concerto in D major for the Left Hand Alone
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnol
Debussy: La Mer