Monday, May 16, 2011

75th Season Finale!!

This Thursday and Friday at 8:00 at the Tennessee Theatre, the KSO will present the finale to our 75th anniversary season, an all-Russian program featuring three works which all contain melodies that would surely make anyone’s list of “100 Greatest Melodies.” Programmed are Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring pianist Joel Fan, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

As you may have heard through the grapevine, the KSO has announced that Gabriel Lefkowitz will be the new concertmaster and will be joining us for the May 19 and 20 Masterworks concerts. We are excited about this news and he sounds great on the solos in the Rimsky-Korsakov.

Preceding each concert, Maestro Richman will lead a discussion with our guest soloist starting at 7:00, and following each concert there will be a patron reception in the downstairs lobby of the Tennessee Theatre. This is an attractive scenario on Thursday especially, since the smart money is on an early arrival to beat the Sundown in the City traffic (which will be peaking around 8:00), and staying at the Tennessee past 10:15 will allow some of the after-Sundown traffic to disperse. The après-concert receptions will provide good opportunities to meet and greet Maestro Richman and some members of the orchestra to discuss the many twists and turns of our 75th season. Both pre- and post-concert events are FREE to ticket holders.

Note: by “patron reception,” I am referring to “a reception for patrons,” not “a reception where Patrón tequila will be served.” You will have to go down the street for that. Besides, with all of this Russian music, wouldn’t vodka be more fitting? Just sayin’....

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