“Robert Schumann only wrote one piano concerto, which he premiered in 1845 with his wife, Clara, on the keys and himself on the conductor’s podium” writes Will Ayers in Friday’s (6/5) Tennessean (Nashville). “When the Nashville Symphony plays the notoriously difficult and rousing piece this weekend, acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham will perform the ivory acrobatics. Also on the program is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s fantastic Scheherazade, inspired by the Arabian tales of A Thousand and One Nights and shaped by a globe-spanning tour the composer took as a young man in the Russian Navy. Jennifer Higdon’s 2004 piece Loco, which mimics the clatter and roar of a train at full tilt, opens the show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (One Symphony Place). This is the first concert in the symphony’s First Tennessee Summer Series, which continues June 19-20 with a Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, conducted by departing music adviser Leonard Slatkin.”

Posted June 5, 2009