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Conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the Atlanta Symphony in the orchestra’s final performance at Kennesaw State University during the 2015-16 season. Pianist Alexandre Tharaud plays Ravel’s Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand Alone, a remarkable synthesis of classical and jazz elements commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm during the First World War. Following is Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnol, a magically orchestrated celebration of the beauties and mysteries of Spain with enticing melodies and rhythms. The program is bounded by a pair of works about the sea: Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire inspired by Lord Byron’s tale of the seafaring hero and Debussy’s La Mer inspired by the composer’s lifelong passion for the sea.
Søndergård, Thomas and Tharaud, Alexandre, "Atlanta Symphony Orchestra" (2016). School of Music Concert Programs. 22.