After adding onto the work last year with two movements premiered by the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, Gandolfi brought two more additions to the ASO. “The Bone Garden” is a highly programmatic work that, at the start, depicts leaves rustling on the ground, wind howling through the trees and bones clanking and clanging together — perfect for the opening scene for a slightly scary Halloween movie. A simple melody sits atop a murky and ominous chaconne figure in the low strings, giving the movement the feeling of a macabre dance. “The Scottish Worthies” oozes picturesque pastoral imagery — complete with fluttery piano and nimble bass pizzicato — for a totally different outlook of life from its musical partner.
After intermission, the ASO returned from a first half of new music to a trusted classical master. During Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, the ensemble played with vigor and passion, capping a night of new music with the sound of the familiar.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Oct. 12. Additional performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 14. $32-$97. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.
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T-Boz talks about group mate Lisa Lopes in Atlanta Oct. 9, 2017, during an event at Rich Auditorium to promote her book, "A Sick Life."