Like French cuisine, Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Bolero is rich and unforgettable

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Carlos Izcaray, photo courtesy of Alabama Symphony Orchestra

If you ever have the pleasure to experience French cuisine, its the attention to detail, the rich flavors, diverse ingredients and the art of pulling it all together that sets it a part from dishes around the world.

On January 26 and 27, 8:00pm at the Alys Stephens Center, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Izcaray will be serving their own musical version of French cuisine when they perform Ravel’s Bolero.

Joining the Orchestra and completing an unforgettable meal of French music will be the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus directed by Phillip Copeland.

One of the special treats the Alabama Symphony will be providing both nights before the concert at 7pm is “Concert Comments” in the Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall. This is opportunity to gain insights one music you are about the hear.

Conductor Carlos provided Bham Now a “taste” of what to expect when patrons experience Ravel’s  Bolero and treasured French music.

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Carlos Izcaray

Bham Now: In your words describe what patrons should expect when the Alabama Symphony plays Bolero?

Izcaray: Our patrons can expect to smile as they hear one of Classical Music’s most recognizable melodies (Bolero), followed by a sensational display of luscious French orchestral music.

Bham Now: What is what favorite part of the music?

Izcaray: The orchestration! Much like in the culinary arts, the French really know how to mix their ingredients. In this case, our fantastic musicians, provide the ingredients.

Bham Now: The chorus will also be performing. Tell us what we should expect?

Izcaray: The chorus will bring great support, much like John Williams’s Phantom Menace.

Don’t miss this incredible evening of French music with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on January 26 and 27 at the Alys Stephens Center.

Much like French cuisine, it will be rich and unforgettable.

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