PORTLAND – For a concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique,” and other celebrated works, the Portland Symphony Orchestra will welcome guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, winner of two 2009 Grammy awards. Special guest will be violinist Michael Ludwig.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Merrill Auditorium.

Robert Schumann’s Overture to Manfred, Op. 115, opens the concert. Ludwig joins the PSO for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, one of the most celebrated works of the violin concerto repertoire.

The program closes with Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique.” Passionate and intensely emotional, this was considered by Tchaikovsky to be “the best and most open-hearted” of his works.

Falletta, acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” is music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony orchestras.

This season, her 10th with the BPO, a recording by the orchestra received a double Grammy for the first time in its history.

The world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” was honored for Best Classical Vocal Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

A recording artist, chamber musician and sought-after soloist, Ludwig has performed on four continents with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Boston Pops.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a concert conversation led by Falletta at 6:15 p.m. in the rehearsal hall. Tickets range from $17 to $65 and are sold through PortTix at 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Tickets may also be purchased from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the box office at 20 Myrtle St.

For more information, visit www.portlandsymphony.com.


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