Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paris anyone?

I know, I can’t afford a European vacation either at the moment, but you can hear three concert performance from Paris, coming up on the next three Friday mornings at 10am. We’ll get started on Aug. 7 at the historic Salle Pleyel with the Radio France Philharmonic and conductor Andrey Boreyko in performances of Samuel Barber’s Vol de Nuit and (appropriately) George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Then, on Aug. 15, we’ll head to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (where the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring took place, leading to a (ahem) highly energized discussion among interested concertgoers) to hear Brahms’s Third Symphony, with conductor Daniele Gatti and the French National Orchestra. Finally, on Aug. 22, our last stop is the beautiful Théâtre du Châtelet on the banks of the Seine for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the amazing pianist Arcadi Volodos and the French National Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Liss. We can only broadcast these performances once, so grab a croissant and settle in on Friday at 10am on 89.7 and 5pm on All-Classical WGBH!

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