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Brahms’ Symphony No. 1: Masterworks

In the shadow of Beethoven’s incredible success, Brahms struggled for 20 years to complete his first symphony – but it was worth it. With passionate, soaring melodies and horn calls, the work is thrilling to hear live and widely considered to be one of the most significant symphonies ever written. In contrast, Chopin composed his Piano Concerto No. 2 when he was just 19. The poetic melodies will be in the hands of internationally acclaimed pianist George Li, who has been playing since age 4 and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 11. Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture rounds out the program. Vladimir Kulenovic conducts.

Bonus! For every Masterworks concert, Michael Francis has personally chosen a surprise “mystery piece” to enhance the live experience. What will it be this weekend?

George Li plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

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Sinfonía Numero 1 de Brahms

A la sombra del increíble éxito de Beethoven, Brahms luchó durante 20 años para completar su primera sinfonía, pero valió la pena. Con melodías apasionadas y altísimas y llamadas de trompa, la obra es emocionante de escuchar en vivo y es ampliamente considerada como una de las sinfonías más importantes jamás escritas. Por el contrario, Chopin compuso su Concierto para Piano Numero 2 cuando tenía solo 19 años. Las melodías poéticas estarán en manos del pianista de renombre internacional George Li, quien toca desde los 4 años y debutó en el Carnegie Hall a los 11 años. La Obertura del Holandés Errante completa el programa. Dirige Vladimir Kulenovic.

¡”Prima – Bonus”! Para cada concierto de Masterworks, Michael Francis ha elegido personalmente una “pieza misteriosa” sorpresa para mejorar la experiencia en vivo. ¿Qué será este fin de semana?

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Pre-Concert Conversations

Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. 

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