Debussy + Dvořák
A delightful program of vibrant music is in store this weekend, under the direction of the up-and-coming American conductor Kazem Abdullah. The excitement builds from the first, with Debussy’s playful Jeux (“Games”) and two works by Stravinsky for chorus and orchestra: the vivid King of the Stars, which also involves quadruple woodwinds and eight horns (!), and his heartfelt setting of three Psalms, the Symphony of Psalms. The grand finale, Dvořák’s cheerful and folk-song infused Symphony No. 8, brings the concerts to a rousing conclusion.