Russian greats Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky headline the Seattle Symphony Russian Masterworks program this week, as conductor Jesús López-Cobos leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in a concert of solely Russian works. The program will begin with an overture by father of Russian nationalism Mikhail Glinka, weaving a tune of Spanish exoticism in Summer Night in Madrid. This will be followed by Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, whose live performances are nothing short of breath-taking.
The program will conclude with Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Scheherazade, an orchestral interpretation of the tale of Arabian Nights, with the composer’s characteristic colorful orchestration and exotic musical vignettes. The programming of this piece echoes that of the weekend before, with the west coast premiere of John Adams’ Scheherazade.2 on March 17-19.
Tickets start at $21 for this roulette of musical Russian workhorses; buy them here.
Seattle Symphony Russian Masterworks
When: Thursday March 24 – Saturday March 26. Showtimes vary, check website for details.
Where: Benaroya Hall (200 University St)