Cellist Johannes Moser performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this Thursday and Saturday.

Johannes Moser performs Bernstein’s “Three Meditations” with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this week

Mark Gresham | 15 JAN 2019 · 9:00am ET

Cellist Johannes Moser performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this Thursday and Saturday, joining Robert Spano and the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s “Three Meditations from MASS.”

Moser flies in today for the ASO gig from Portland, Oregon, where he performed the Cello Concerto No. 1 of Dmitri Shostakovich with the Oregon Symphony on Monday night. Moser is also the Oregon Symphony’s new Artist in Residence. This past week, Moser joined OS music director Carlos Kalmar in conversation with Brandi Parisi, on-air host of All Classical Portland KQAC 89.9, as seen in the YouTube video below. (Some EarRelevant readers will recall Parisi from her time at Atlanta’s WABE 90.1-FM.)

In this week’s Atlanta Symphony concerts, the Bernstein work will be paired with another Shostakovich masterpiece, his monumental Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”) from 1941, premiered when the city it honors was under siege by Nazi forces in World War II. At well over an hour, it is the composer’s longest symphony.

In addition, ahead of Thursday night’s concert, at 6:45pm, a group of ASO musicians will perform a chamber concert of music by Shostakovich, Smetana and Arthur Berger. Seating for the chamber concert is on stage, and it is and free to all weekend classical ticket holders.