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Thursday, September 14th, 2017
PERFORMERS Nashville Symphony Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor André Watts, piano PROGRAM Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun MacDowell - Piano Concerto No. 2 C.F. Kip Winger - Conversations with Nijinsky Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite (1919 version) Inspired by a Russian folktale, The Firebird was Russian composer Stravinskys 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 musics biggest stars, André Watts returns to perform MacDowells Piano Concerto No. 2. Nashvilles 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. Wingers piece ties in thematically with The Firebird: The Nijinsky referenced in the title was the star of the original production of the ballet.