Louis Conducts Sheherazade
Borodin’s poetic Polovtsian Dances, including the “Stranger in Paradise” theme, opens this exotic season finale, and an artist dubbed by critics as “a wizard of percussion,” the Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger, makes his CSO debut. He’ll perform Frozen in Time, a work whose title the composer says refers to “imaginary snapshots of the Earth’s geological development from prehistoric times to the present day,” and each movement of which imagines a prehistoric continent: Indoafrica, Eurasia and The Americas. Rimsky-Korsakov’s enthralling tale of a young Sultana who saved her own life by entertaining her husband night after night with the story of the 1,001 Arabian Nights closes the concerts.