Music Director Candidate Mei-Ann Chen conducts a symphonic journey spanning 160 years, which includes Mendelssohn's exuberant Italian Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring the wildly imaginative Nareh Arghamanyan and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, a joyful time capsule of the October Revolution. Higdon’s blue cathedral contrasts the older works with a touching, personal tribute to the composer's sibling, which contemplates the subject of life itself.
“Elegance, humor, deliciously burbling trills and fiery imagination… Pianists don’t come any better, another potential superstar has arrived.”
-American Record Guide
Watch a short video introducing the five Conductor Candidates
Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen underwriten by David & Corinne Byrd
Guest Artist Nareh Arghamanyan underwritten by Jim Lamb
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, and Ellen and Chuck Wear