Chopin & Mahler feat. Ingrid Fliter
Thu., April 29, 7 p.m., Fri., April 30, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 1, 8 p.m. 2010
Ingrid Fliter's affinity for Chopin could be genetic — her father was playing Chopin waltzes when her mother first noticed him. In any case, the young Argentine pianist has made two acclaimed collections of Chopin's music since winning the prestigious Gilmore Award in 2006, and she'll join the Nashville Symphony to celebrate the Polish composer's bicentennial with a performance of his Piano Concerto No. 2. Though Chopin is best known today for solo works, his early reputation was built on the dazzling virtuosity of his music for piano and orchestra. Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will also lead Mahler's pivotal and emotionally wide-ranging Symphony No. 5. The NSO's transparent sound and exceptional woodwinds are perfect for Mahler — in fact, he'll be featured in the orchestra's opening and closing programs next season.