We soar through the Rocky Mountains to the Garden of Gods and atop Pikes Peak in Wang Jie’s Symphonic Overture on “America the Beautiful.” From the orchestra comes a majestic fugue which traces the silhouette of this prominent peak with faint echos of the familiar patriotic song written atop the same mountain. Cascading crowns of notes continue through Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major.
Your A2SO is joined by pianist, Anton Nel displaying the pinnacle of pianistic achievement. This evening of new heights concludes with the emotional summit of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64. The vivid colors of his penultimate symphony present “fate” as the central character while casting a mysterious veil over the secrets of his personal life.