Boléro, the composer Maurice Ravel’s most famous work, comes under Jaap van Zweden’s baton at the Meyerson this weekend, beginning this evening. If you watch the above video, which is actually quite interesting and informative, you’ll learn that this is van Zweden’s first time to conduct another of Ravel’s other work, Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. I like the contrast—one side the composer at the beginning of the program, and another at the end. Boléro you’ll almost certainly recognize. The concert also includes Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, a tragic suite that traces the path of doomed lovers, and continues with guest pianist Louis Lortie’s interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan.
Also tonight, The Grape hosts a wine chat with general manager and sommelier Courtney Luscher and cheese pro Ali Morgan from Scardello. Four cheese, four wines, $28. And typing this had made me realize that it’s been forever since I’ve been to that restaurant, and now I am sad and determined to go for brunch as soon as possible.
Finally, Fort Worth is memorializing the death of Van Cliburn last year with a free, come-as-you-are concert in his honor. Stop by Sundance Square Plaza between 5 and 9 p.m. for beautiful music played by past winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
For more to do tonight, go here.