Thu., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 6, 8 p.m. 2010
The 20th century orchestral repertoire includes many masterpieces but only one true legend: Stravinsky's visceral Rite of Spring. We'll skip the music history lesson and simply say that the sound and story of this 1913 succès de scandale have become ineluctable archetypes of Modernism, cropping up everywhere from Disney's Fantasia to Pynchon's V. For this weekend's Nashville Symphony concerts, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero pairs Stravinsky's exciting score with two works by composer Richard Danielpour, which the orchestra will record for an upcoming Naxos CD. The Grammy-winning New York native has written commissions for the Philadelphia and New York Philharmonic orchestras, and star soloists including Yo-Yo Ma and Dawn Upshaw have performed his work. Danielpour's 2004 Songs of Solitude — on texts by W.B. Yeats — is dedicated to standout baritone Thomas Hampson, who joins the orchestra for this performance. The program also features Danielpour's 2009 Mozart-inspired Lacrimae Beati.