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Classical | Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: An Evening in Paris


"French music is a dream of the senses," according to Claude Debussy, who wrote one of music's dreamiest and most sensual pieces in his "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun." That very piece starts off this weekend's "Evening in Paris" concert by the RPO, led by Fabien Gaubel, music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. After the Debussy you can enjoy the Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint in Saint-Saëns's "Violin Concerto No. 3" and Ravel's sizzling evocation of Gypsy fiddling, "Tzigane." The concert concludes with Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite. It's not music by a Parisian, but it was first performed there in 1910, and it's still dazzling.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs Thursday, January 30 and Saturday, February 1, 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. $15-$92.