“No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear,” said Beethoven, whose intense love of nature is expressed in the “Pastoral” Symphony, most famously the depiction of a thunderstorm in the joyful fourth movement. Exotic sonorities permeate Prokofiev’s popular Violin Concerto No. 2, performed by violinist Colin Sorgi. The use of Spanish castanets in the third movement is a tribute to the country where the concert premiered. Maestro Piotr Gajewski also leads the National Philharmonic in Marjorie Merryman’s “Windhover Fantasy”. See this spring-themed concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda and stick around after for an Encore Q&A.