Israeli composer Avner Dorman describes his concerto for percussion and orchestra, Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!:
The title refers to three substances that are extremely appealing, yet filled with danger. Spices delight the palate, but can cause illness; perfumes seduce, but can also betray; toxins bring ecstasy, but are deadly.
The work is a thrilling virtuoso tour-de-force, a perfect showcase for ASO percussionists Thomas Sherwood and Charles Settle.
At the start of his Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky introduces an ominous Fate motif that returns throughout each of the work’s four movements. In the finale, after an extended battle, the Fate motif emerges as a statement of uninhibited triumph. The Symphony No. 5 is a gripping and unforgettable musical journey from start to finish. Ken Meltzer
Free Pre-Concert Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 24, 7:00 pm
Orchestra Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer will deliver a pre-concert lecture on Thursday at 7:00 pm on stage in Symphony Hall, with special guests Thomas Sherwood and Charles Settle. They will give an overview of some of the percussion instruments used in the performance. It is open to all ticket holders.
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