Category Archives: Concert Schedule

2011-2012 Symphony Season Openers

Symphony Orchestras across the country are bustling to complete the final preparations for their opening concert. The brochures have been printed and mailed (or put online), subscribers’ tickets are sent, contracts for guest performers have been sealed, and the music, … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s Endearing First Piano Concerto

Most great artists are acutely misunderstood. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was no exception to this belief. When he composed his Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23, the pianist he had hoped to impress, Nicolai Grigorevich Rubinstein, gave … Continue reading

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“Emperor” – Beethoven’s Last Piano Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770-1827) Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73, “Emperor” begins and ends much like Beethoven lived his life—brilliant, passionate, with a grand entrance and thrilling exit. In 1809, Beethoven was ready to leave Vienna, but … Continue reading

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