Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, returns to NWS with a program of symphonic masters and their gems. Brahms’ taut overture exudes poignant strength alongside ominous reminders from the timpani. The orchestra takes center stage in Bartók’s crowd-pleasing Concerto where life is personified through its five mood-shifting movements. But it is Mozart’s final symphony, the “Jupiter,” which stands victorious as an apex of genius and craft. With exuberant fanfares and intricate melodic lines, Mozart’s farewell to the genre honors its influences from the past and foreshadows its future in what is heralded as the prodigy’s crowning achievement.

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