Nashville Symphony and Louis Lortie Play Brahms
Thu., Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. 2010
You may have heard by now that the flood-harrowed Schermerhorn Center will reopen with a New Year's Eve gala. But in the meantime, good ole War Memorial is a wonderfully resonant venue for the spacious opening of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, which the Nashville Symphony performs this weekend with soloist Louis Lortie. The Canadian pianist has won worldwide acclaim for his recordings of Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt and others, and he's a veteran of concert stages from London to China. Besides Brahms' wide-ranging and virtuosic concerto, the program features Mozart's “Linz” Symphony and Wagner's Prelude to Meistersinger. This evening of masterworks by three mainline composers, each at the top of his game, is a sure bet for symphony lovers, and might also make a terrific first concert experience for anyone interested in exploring classical music.