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Jader Conducts Stravinsky’s Firebird

Streaming: Saturday, April 1, at 7:45pm EDT

Stravinsky’s "Firebird," awash in orchestral colors, crackles with wild rhythms and an iridescent finale. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers commissioned Arturo Márquez—one of today’s leading Mexican composers—to write "Fandango," a mariachi-inspired concerto, for which he drew on his childhood immersion in that style (his father was a mariachi musician). Inspired by a visit to a ballroom in Veracruz, Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 sways with animated dance rhythms. The program opens with a dramatic selection from Khachaturian’s ballet about the gladiator who led a slave uprising in ancient Rome.