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Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Join conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony Fellows for an evening of fantasy and magic. Igor Stravinsky, who always prioritized creative freedom over any controversy left in its wake, conjured an explosive score for The Firebird, one as enchanting as the folklore it paints. Michael Tilson Thomas leads a rare performance of the full ballet score, wickedly challenging and colorful from its triumphant hymns to the primal Infernal Dance. Hailed as a musician of “magisterial elegance, power and insight,” Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes sparkles in Claude Debussy’s rarely-heard, yet stunning Fantaisie. Stravinsky’s Scènes de Ballet is an effervescent “portrait of Broadway” perfectly capturing the glitzy, witty and playful excitement of The Great White Way.