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Without transcendent classical music, Nashville’s top cultural event would be a polka band performing a 58-minute “Yakety Sax” jam session instead of today’s Groupon to the Nashville Symphony. For $30, you get one ticket to see Thibaudet Returns at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Concerts take place on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. and April 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. All seating is in the $75 orchestra level.
Thibaudet Returns celebrates the (spoiler alert) return of pianist and Nashville favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Thibaudet’s fancy fingerwork can be heard tickling ivories into hysterics on the soundtracks of films such as The Portrait of a Lady, Pride & Prejudice, and Atonement, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. With conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony as his back-up, Thibaudet will open with a piece by Aaron Jay Kernis before launching into the concert’s sparkling centerpiece: Richard Strauss’ Burleske. Written early in the composer’s career, the work juxtaposes moments of seriousness and playfulness, allowing vivid glimpses of Strauss’s emergent genius to shine through between them.
In addition to playing Strauss, Thibaudet will ring in the centennial of 20th-century composer Samuel Barber’s birth by performing his lyrical, expressive Symphony in One Movement. In between major works by Barber and Strauss, Thibaudet and the Nashville Symphony will perform Respighi’s poetic Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome). Caution: The first three rows will get wet.
The New York Times offers this rave review of a recent performance by Jean-Yves Thibaudet in New York: > * Producing a huge sound is not a problem for Mr. Thibaudet. Even in Ravel and other French music, which is supposedly more delicately nuanced, he often magnifies the dynamic range and the underlying drama, as he did in “Alborada del Gracioso.” – Allan Kozinn