Music Review: Harmonic Convergence

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Nashville Symphony SunTrust Classical Series: Harmonic Convergence (Feb. 7 – 9)
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place, Nashville
687-6400 • nashvillesymphony.org
Thu 7 p.m., Fri – Sat 8 p.m.
$28 – $115

An absolutely spellbinding evening of music fills the concert hall at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony’s dynamic production of Harmonic Convergence. Opening with Arnold Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46,” actor George Takei (best known as Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek) narrates the dramatic piece. Although it seems out of place with the rest of the evening’s material, Takei’s booming voice lends itself well to the work’s dark theme of the Holocaust (this one is scary for young children).

Aside from the Symphony playing in top form, the highlight of the evening is guest cellist Johannes Moser (performing Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concerto for Cello No. 1”). He has played with some of the world’s renowned orchestras, and he is simply stunning to watch on stage as he performs with effervescent flourish. Moser’s mastery of his instrument is undeniable, and experiencing him live will inspire all audience members, especially kids.

John Adams’ “Harmonielehre” is a more contemporary work first performed in 1985. The symphony performs this three-part piece with much energy. Adams’ work is amazing in how it invokes powerful visual imagery. All in all, it’s a fantastic night of music, and one of the best classical shows to date.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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