Thursday night’s event, and each subsequent country-themed event presented this season, can serve as a mini mixtape of a nation’s key composers — kind of. The first French show, which included an invigorating violin concerto written by a Belgian, started slow and ended with the magnificence of Ravel’s ballet. Subsequent French-themed outings will follow suit. Guest conductor Lionel Bringuier will bring back Ravel, along with two famous Russians, to the ASO stage in May. Later that month, principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles will take the podium for a truly all-French program of Debussy, Milhaud and Canteloube. Runnicles, of course, has come down to Atlanta to present all-French programs often.
There are all-Russian nights and all-Spanish nights to come, though these programs also take liberties. These could either be viewed as a marketing presentation or simply musical explorations in globalization to remind audiences that the world of classical music knows no walls or borders.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Oct. 11. Additional performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 13. $22-$97. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, atlantasymphony.org.
8 p.m. Oct. 12. $28-$55. Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw.
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