Amarillo Symphony to stretch its wings with ‘Firebird’

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By Chip Chandler - Digital Content Producer

An explosive night of music is on tap for Amarillo Symphony’s March concerts.

The orchestra’s Friday and Saturday concerts will feature Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” based on Russian folklore and written for the Ballets Russe. You may know it best from “Fantasia 2000” or any of its other countless uses in pop culture.

“Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is filled with imaginative colors, rhythms and sounds that are both powerful and mighty,” said Jacomo Rafael Bairos, the Symphony’s music director and conductor, said in a news release. “’The Firebird’ is one of Igor Stravinsky’s most iconic works, a great masterpiece that is sure to impress audiences of all ages.”

The concerts – set for 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. – also will feature acclaimed violinist Elena Urioste in her third concert with the orchestra.

Urioste, recently named a BBC New Generation Artist, began performing professionally at age 12 and has played with orchestras all over the world. She’ll perform John Corigliano’s “The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra” (part of the Oscar-winning score from “The Red Violin”) and Aaron Kernis’ “Air for Violin and Orchestra.” The latter composer is the teacher of Chris Rogerson, the symphony’s composer in residence, whose “Shadows Lengthen” also will be on the weekend program.

Tickets are $19, $34 and $49.

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