Nashville Symphony Plays Saint-Saens Cello Conterto
Fri., July 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., July 9, 7:30 p.m. 2011
He was the most interesting man in the world. No, we’re not talking about that schmuck who shills for Dos Equis lager, but rather Camille Saint-Saëns. The late, great Frenchman did it all: composed and conducted, played piano and organ. He also wrote books, lots of them, about archaeology, astronomy, philosophy, botany, biology and Roman drama. Hey, he was even an expert on the history of the postage stamp. One of his first great musical achievements was his Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, a virtuoso showpiece that is now one of the pillars of repertory. German cellist Alban Gerhardt will solo in the masterpiece this weekend with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen. The program will also feature Argentine-born composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Sidereus, a sparkling tribute to Galileo, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”.