November 18, 2017  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Darko Butorac, conductor Lisa Smirnova, piano

  Theofanidis Rainbow Body Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 Prokofiev Symphony No. 5  

One of my passions is to create programs that bring together deeply contrasting works which share an underlying thread. Such is the case with this program,  featuring works spanning three centuries. Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body is a recent work, fusing Buddhist philosophy and medieval chant; a dramatic journey from dark reflection to an explosion of orchestral color and light. Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, composed during the bleak days of the World War II, pits lyricism versus rhythm, heroism against pathos, all while whirling in Prokofiev’s signature rhythmic intensity. Teeming with colorful characters and contrasts, it comes as no surprise that Mozart composed his Piano Concerto in A major while wrestling with his greatest dramatic work, The Marriage of Figaro.

Darko Butorac has established himself as an exciting conductor, in demand with European and American orchestras. He currently serves as the music director of both the Tallahassee and Missoula symphony orchestras. He has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Gran Teatro Nacional of Lima, Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall, Teatro Magnani in Italy, as well as at the Tartu, Aspen and Brevard summer music festivals. He has collaborated with soprano Renee Fleming, cellist Colin Carr, and Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons. Butorac is an avid traveler, passionate about bringing people together through the beauty of music. View all conductor finalists.


Lisa Smirnova
Smirnova is a recognized concert artist renowned for her interpretations of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Since her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 20, she has been a much sought-after soloist on concert stages around the world.

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