2018 begins with a splash of orchestral color and breathtaking virtuosity as Spaniard Juanjo Mena returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to kick off the New Year. Debussy’s early creative spark shines brightly in a work dedicated to the hues and optimism of springtime, Printemps, played for the first time in the PSO’s history. Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee steps forward to perform Ibert’s dazzling Flute Concerto. The program builds to a spectacular conclusion, contrasting dance music of two twentieth century masters. Maurice Ravel evokes the grand Viennese tradition of the waltz in Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, though with a distinctly evocative French flair, while a young Igor Stravinsky’s imaginative orchestral wizardry takes flight in his first major ballet, The Firebird, bringing to life the enchanting magic of an old Russian fairytale.
Run Time: This performance will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.