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Mozart’s D minor Concerto marks the first of six staggering masterpieces for piano and orchestra written between 1785 and 1786. His stormiest concerto - and an omen of the Romantic Era - was regarded by the 19th-century masters as Beethoven-ish, the highest praise possible at the time. It’s a perfect pairing with Beethoven’s First Symphony, a work in which the first few moments already foreshadow that this giant was about to change everything. Van Cliburn Piano Competition-medalist Daniel Hsu joins Courtney Lewis and the Symphony in this spectacular season opener.Find out more »
He’s won three OSCARS and four GRAMMYs. Stephen Schwartz has written some of the most beloved Broadway and movie music ever. You’ll hear songs from his Broadway hits Wicked, Pippin and Godspell as well as from the Disney films Pocahontas, The Prince of Egypt and more. As Mr. Schwartz says in his hit, Pippin, “Join us… we have magic to do just for you.”Find out more »
Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t invent the concerto grosso, a genre with musical conversation between a small group of instruments and the full orchestra, but he probably wrote the best six in history with his Brandenburg Concertos. Stravinsky modeled his Dumbarton Oaks after Bach’s concertos, named for the historic estate in Washington, D.C. and filled with Stravinsky’s own flavor of Americana. Alberto Ginastera’s Concert Variations weave the music of Argentina in this program through a set of short solos for nearly every instrument in the orchestra.Find out more »