Concert Highlight: Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”

We recently made a video featuring Symphony Principal Timpanist and Percussionist Todd Miller and Robert Slack, respectively, on the great timpani battle at the end of the fourth movement of Nielsen’s evocative and emotional Symphony No. 4, dubbed “The Inextinguishable” after its inspiration, what Nielsen referred to as “the will to live” in his writings about the piece.

Check out this concert highlight from that same movement, from last weekend’s “Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto” concert!

Alan Chapman’s Preview Talk: “Holiday Classics – Nutcracker Sweet”

The first of several holiday concerts from the Symphony, “Holidays Classics – Nutcracker Sweet” (pun very much intended) comes to the Segerstrom Concert Hall Dec. 6 – 8 at 8 p.m.

KUSC radio personality Alan Chapman introduces the music on Pacific Symphony’s Dec. 6-8, 2018 concert: Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” Suite, alternating with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s dazzling reimagining of favorites like “Sugar Rum Cherry” and “Dance of the Floreadors.”

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