San Antonio Symphony presents blazing “Firebird”

March 20, 2017 - 12:15pm

The music for Friday night’s San Antonio Symphony classical series concert may have all been composed in the 20th century, but the beautiful, fierce melodies and the rich orchestrations all screamed 1800s Romanticism. The best example was Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird” in its 1945 version that is longer than two earlier arrangements. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing led a razor-sharp, electrifying performance as he guided the orchestra through tricky rhythms, mood swings and quick-switching tempo changes and a keen eye for details. It all set up the searing, heart-bursting finale that sounded terrific in the excellent acoustics in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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