Nashville Symphony Perform Prokofiev's Fifth
Thu., March 24, 7 p.m., Fri., March 25, 8 p.m. and Sat., March 26, 8 p.m. 2011
Okay, folks, the 20th century is really over. How can we tell? Well, the Nashville Symphony's upcoming program features works written between 1942 and 1992, and all four of them already count as time-tested concert hall favorites. Prokofiev's stirring Symphony No. 5 won immediate popular acclaim at its Russian and U.S. premieres in 1945, and it remains probably his most often-performed symphony. Scottish composer James MacMillan's eclectic and accessible 1992 percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel has had over 300 live performances and two recorded releases – including a Naxos CD by Grammy-winning percussionist Colin Currie, who joins conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the NSO this weekend. Aaron Copland's sure-fire Fanfare for the Common Man rounds out the program (you know it, even if you don't think you do), along with Joan Tower's 1986 Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1, an effective and percussion-rich answer to Copland's classic.