Thu., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. 2012
The most compelling reason to attend this weekend’s Nashville Symphony Orchestra concert is the chance to hear the amazing soprano Angela Brown. She came to fame in 2004 when she made her debut as Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. Now she’s being hailed as the next Jessye Norman. This weekend, she joins music director Giancarlo Guerrero and the NSO to perform American composer Richard Danielpour’s symphonic song cycle A Woman’s Life. The work, composed specifically for Brown, sets to music seven poems by Maya Angelou and chronicles the life of a woman from childhood to old age. Speaking of women, one of the piano world’s supreme keyboard virtuosas, Olga Kern, will perform her signature piece, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. Roberto Sierra’s festive Carnaval will open the program. Portions of this weekend’s concert are being recorded for future release on the Naxos label, so don’t forget the cough drops.