what’s on tap?

tonight, sunday afternoon, and monday evening, guest conductor carlos miguel prieto and the oregon symphony open the show with a rare, 7-minute musical gem by maurice ravel.  guitar goddess sharon isbin then joins the band to wow the schnitzer crowd with her take on fantasía para un gentilhombre.  after intermission, we’re offered a fairytale poem penned by contemporary russian composer/mystic sofia gubaidulina.  and as if that wasn’t enough, the night ends with another orchestrated masterpiece by ravel (and one of his big top 40 hits): pictures at an exposition.

why go?  well, pics @ an expo should be reason enough – it’s a popular favorite the world over and i am totes looking forward to crossing it off my classical bucket list.  but after the interviews with ms. isbin and maestro prieto earlier this week, the beavs is absolutely teeming with anticipation over this performance of joaquín rodrigo’s 6-string fantasía.  first of all, it’s been a little over 2 years since the band has hosted a guitarist, so it’s a pretty uncommon treat.  what’s more, both the conductor and the soloist actually hung out with the composer before his death in 1999!  wowee ~ it’s gonna be the most intimate show of the season: guar. an. teed.

need more deets?  *please click this sentence at any time.  see you there!

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1 Response to “what’s on tap?”


  1. 1 gates2 April 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    We sat in the last row of the nosebleed section for this show. I really was looking forward to seeing Sharon Isban, having recently discovered her. Her songs were good, but we were disappointed that she played for about 40 minutes.

    Don’t get me wrong, she was great (though not adding much spark during her performance, though she is nice to watch) but we really wanted more since her playing time was so short. We were feeling like her climax never came.

    But the orchestra was fantastic! Pictures Exhibition was superb and really rocked! From Fafare to the Gates Kiev it was quite the show and we loved it. The other 2 pieces were nicely done and really interesting.

    Miguel Prieto was a great conductor and the evening performance was pure joy, and showed that our symphony can upstage the evening’s visiting star. Sweet.


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