This Saturday’s Albany Symphony program at the Palace is built around one of the greatest (and most popular) works in the orchestral repertoire: Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. Inspired by a posthumous exhibit of drawings and paintings by Mussorgsky’s architect friend Victor Hartmann, the music is detailed, moving and majestic.
There are many expanded versions of Pictures—even prog rockers Emerson, Lake and Palmer took a whack at it in the 1970s—but Ravel’s version is the most loved.
The concert will also showcase Fire & Blood, a new violin concerto by Michael Daugherty featuring violinist Ida Kavafiann (pictured), and open with Trama, a contemporary work by Mexican composer Gabriella Ortiz.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday (March 9) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $19-$58. For more info, call the ASO at 465-4755.