Aiken Symphony Orchestra returns with ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ in September | Entertainment

Promising that audiences will “feel every note,” the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Scott Weiss, will launch its 2022-2023 concert season with “Pictures at an Exhibition” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 on the main stage of the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken.

This opening concert of the orchestra’s eighth season represents the first of the new MasterWorks series of performances.  The orchestra will take listeners on a showcase of not only their talents, but also some of the leading works by master composers of the 19th and early-20th centuries.

Starting things off will be the Overture to La Gazza Ladra (“The Thieving Magpie”) by the famed Italian-opera composer Gioachino Rossini, a work noteworthy for its innovative use of the snare drum early in the 19th century. Following, listeners will take a trip across the Atlantic to America to hear a highly original work by famed composer George Gershwin. A towering figure in American classical and popular music for the stage and screen, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F represents the composer’s signature style of infusing jazz within the classical medium. It is a work that truly embodies the spirit of America in the “Jazz Age.”

The evening’s presentation will conclude with the highlight of the evening, a musical tour of a master’s art gallery, Pictures at an Exhibition, by Modest Mussorgsky. A 19th-century Russian composer, Mussorgsky was a member of the group, the “Mighty Handful,” whose works represent the people, history, and culture of their native Russian homeland. Inspired by 10 paintings by famed Russian artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition is a programmatic work where the orchestra will guide listeners through the art gallery’s promenade from one painting to the next, capturing each visual object in brilliantly varied hues of sound. Leading the orchestra, pianist Albert Cano Smit will be the evening’s distinguished guest artist. Hailed as a “moving young poet,” the recipient of the 2020 Rubinstein Prize for Piano will bring this masterful and continually inspiring work to life.

Preceding this spectacular season opener, join Maestro Scott Weiss in the concert lecture “Illuminations.”

Tickets for ASO’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” are available for purchase on the ASO website or by contacting the ASO office by phone at 803-220-7251 or email at Subscription order forms and the brochure for the 2022-2023 Concert Season are also available on the ASO website.

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