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Nashville Symphony Glistens in Music by Haydn, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov
Music director Giancarlo Guerrero is away, but he’s left the Nashville Symphony in the capable hands of an old friend. Gilbert Varga, a popular guest conductor, is leading the NSO in works by Haydn, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov this weekend at the Schermerhorn. His readings on Thursday night won rousing ovations.
This weekend, the NSO is performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat major, a work that is both playful and fiery in equal measure. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, this weekend’s guest soloist, mostly emphasized the concerto’s brilliant side during her performance on Thursday night.
Yet there was also warmth and immediacy in her playing, especially in the lyrical slow movement. Indeed, she played this movement with unfailing concentration, which kept the audience riveted even when one patron inadvertently smashed a drinking glass or plate (I couldn’t see exactly what) on the floor.