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FEB 24-25 Join us for a journey to outer-space with Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets. BUY TICKETS

FEB 27 Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251 BUY TICKETS

MAR 8 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Vieuxtemps, Bach, Vivaldi, and ASO Composer of the Year, Adam Schoenberg, in the acoustically unique setting of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

MAR 10-11 Three versatile singers join the ASO to honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year. BUY TICKETS

MAR 27 Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time BUY TICKETS

APR 14-15 Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas. BUY TICKETS

APR 13 - MAY 13 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild's 2018 fundraiser presents a design showcase at 8 Valley Creek View.

APR 17 Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-Moattr. Beethoven: Trio for Three FlutesSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2 BUY TICKETS

MAY 3 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Handel, Koetsier, and Haydn in the acoustically unique setting of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

MAY 12-13 Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live! BUY TICKETS

Tatiana Roitman Mann's Take on De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain"

tatiana.jpgAt this weekend's Masterworks concert, "Tchaikovsky's Passion," pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann will perform alongside the ASO in De Falla's Nights in the Garden of Spain. In this blog, Mann takes us through the musical intracacies of the featured piece :

Written in 1915, this work is a collection of three movements - impressions of gardens in the southern Andalusia region of Spain. Colorful and vibrant like the country and its history, garden evenings are full of veiled mystery and hidden images. De Falla explores pianistically a vast color palette.  In this work, the composer fully shows off the piano's dominant percussive capabilities within its nature, as well as its penchant to be a chameleon instrument - possessing the ability to transform through imitating touch and timbre.

The opening movement, En el Generalife (In the Generalife) depicts beautiful jasmine-filled gardens. Rippling sounds of fountains can be heard in the opening of the piece, and in the plaintive, harp-like entrance of the piano. Garden scenes appear and gently evaporate. Boisterous percussive textures in piano are intermingled with imitations of harp glissandi, and of fast Spanish guitar rasgueado. Fast repetitions in piano portray this Spanish guitar strumming technique, executed using the fingers of the strumming hand in rhythmically precise, rapid patterns.

The first movement erupts into a thunderous culmination and quickly evaporates with a smoky diminuendo.  Danza lejana enters as the second movement. Rhythmic flamenco melodies, accompanied by the sounds of the Spanish guitars and singers linger throughout.

En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba, the third part of this work, shows off its sparkling fountains from the very start, and the dancing musicians carousing on its grounds. Here, the rippling fountains, Spanish guitars and the dancers - all heard in the previous movements intermittently - come together in one boisterous celebration of music and sound.   

De Falla’s masterpiece is colorful, vibrant and great fun to play.  It has been exciting to explore the various tonal capacities of the piano - from fast repetitions and ostinato octaves, to white and black-key glissandi, and pianissimo chords.

I can’t wait to take you on the journey of sounds in the beautiful Spanish gardens at night, with the ASO and Maestro Mann!


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