Tuesday, February 8, 2022

A return to Atlanta's Symphony Hall


After a few weeks of delayed, redesigned and postponed concerts, the Atlanta Symphony returned to Symphony Hall to get on with unfinished business – returning to its regular concert season. Guest conductor Carlos Kalmar briefly addressed the audience, reminding the patrons that each composer had a unique story influencing their compositions: Jessie Montgomery had the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East side as an inspiration; Astor Piazzolla had the mean streets of Argentina; and Josef Strauss had his musical family. And finally, Kalmar reflected on what might have been had Franz Schubert’s life not been cut short. Maybe his Unfinished Symphony would have been completed in grand Schubertian style. Upon reflection, the notion of “unfinished” seems to have been a thread holding the evening’s program together.

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