Saturday, November 16 | 8pm
GMU Harris Theatre
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Berta Rojas, guitar
HONEGGAR: Summer Pastoral
RAVEL: Pavane for a Dead Princess
RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjurez
MOZART: Symphony No. 35 (Haffner)
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1 (Classical)
Be swept away by the romantic charm of the classical guitar as the FSO takes you on a journey to Spain with Rodrigo’s masterpiece. The composer, blind since the age of 3, drew his inspiration from “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the palace gardens of Aranjuez.
Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. Praised as “guitarist extraordinaire” by (The Washington Post) and by (Classical Guitar Magazine) as “Ambassador of the classical guitar,” Rojas has been nominated three times for a Latin GRAMMY and will perform the Concierto de Aranjuez. This extraordinary guitar concerto by Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo was written in 1939 and is by far Rodrigo’s best-known work, with its success establishing his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the 20th century.
MORE THAN NOTES: Hear the stories behind the music with music director Christopher Zimmerman and special guests before the concert at 7pm.