The National Symphony Orchestra is off this week, preparing for their mini-tour to Russia. Listeners instead should consider two other local orchestras offering major works by Stravinsky, as well as two favorite violin virtuosos in less-heard repertory.
Yan Pascal Tortelier takes the helm of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, leading Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Stravinsky’s Petrushka. Violinist Augustin Hadelich lends his honeyed tone and dazzling technique to Chausson’s Poème and Ravel’s Tzigane. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Music Center at Strathmore. bsomusic.org; 410-783-8000.
The excellent Canadian violinist James Ehnes joins the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra this weekend, to play Samuel Barber’s sweet, delightful Violin Concerto. Conductor José-Luis Novo also leads performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, the “Prelude and Liebestod” from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, as well as 3 p.m. Sunday in the Music Center at Strathmore. annapolissymphony.org; 410-263-0907.