Firebird, Winger & Watts | Sept 14-16
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Thu, Sep 14 7:00 pm
Attend our Classical Series opening weekend, a can’t-miss event featuring your Nashville Symphony, Maestro Guerrero, André Watts, and a classical composition by Nashville-based rock 'n' roll legend Kip Winger. Inspired by a Russian folktale, The Firebird was Russian composer Stravinsky's breakthrough piece. Originally a ballet commissioned by the Ballets Russes in 1910, the work catapulted him to stardom. A Nashville Symphony fan-favorite and one of classical music’s biggest stars, André Watts returns to perform MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Nashville’s own Kip Winger is a member of the rock band Winger — and an accomplished classical musician and composer. His GRAMMY-nominated Conversations with Nijinsky reached the top of the Billboard Classical charts. Winger’s piece ties in thematically with this program: the Nijinsky referenced in the title collaborated with both Stravinsky and Debussy, choreographing the latter's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Performance schedule: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m.