Spokane Symphony with a Splash 3: First Friday of Spring
Latin rhythms and visions of Mexico highlight the first half of this diverse program. Metro Chabacano from Javier Alvarez pulses to the heart beat of his native Mexico. Ancient Chinese poet Li Po is the inspiration for Enrico Chapela’s composition of the same name. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Li Po dazzles the senses and elevates listeners to breathtaking musical heights. Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason’s frenetic Bow to String pushes modernist themes and incorporates instrument multi-tracking to expand the boundaries of contemporary classical music. Symphony principal cellist John Marshall tackles this evocative piece. Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 was composed for nobility and you can get a great seat for this 200+ year-old piece as the orchestra presents this little played classical gem. Eckart Preu, conductor.