Spokane Symphony Classics 5: Scheherazade
Jan. 27-28. Chinese violinist Mira Wang gives the U.S. premiere of Torsten Rasch’s “Tropoi” Violin Concerto, his dramatic and masterfully orchestrated new work. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s blockbuster Scheherazade paints tales from Arabian Nights using dazzlingly color and oriental motifs inspired by Crimean folk tunes. Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Leopold Stokowski’s lush orchestral arrangement of Bach’s “Komm Susser Tod” is filled with poignant harmonies and soaring melodies. This is the first of a four-concert celebration of Bach’s 333rd anniversary that includes Classics 6, 7 and 9. Eckart Preu, conductor. Performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.