When: Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
This weekend, the San Antonio Symphony welcomes back former Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto, and spotlights renowned violinist Eric Gratz, for its performances of three rousing works. The oldest of the three pieces featured in this show, Antonín Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8,” dates back to 1890 and finds the romantic composer at his most upbeat and optimistic. Meanwhile, Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium,” first performed in 1954, features a kind of dialogue between movements, as inspired by the titular philosopher’s work, and boasts some of the composer’s best work for violin (not to mention percussion). The newest piece in this show, taken from Toru Takemitsu’s exquisite score work for Akira Kurosawa’s TV drama “Nami no Bon,” is easily the most adventurous—by turns uncanny, anxious, nostalgic, martial and soothing. Altogether, it promises to be a superb show, and one that fans and initiates of classical music can enjoy in equal measure.