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  • Fri, Feb 23, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, Feb 24, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, Feb 25, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto: Masterworks

Michael Francis conducts Beethoven’s final and most heroic piano concerto, filled with the grandeur befitting its nickname, “Emperor.” The incomparable beauty and sublime melodies shine in the hands of returning Beethoven expert Javier Perianes. In Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), the hero is Strauss himself. His life unfolds in sounds of courage, triumph and romance brought to life by a huge orchestra. Listen for homages to Strauss’ earlier works, including Also sprach ZarathustraTill Eulenspiegel and Don Quixote.

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

Classical Kids & Teens: Kids and teens ages 5-18 get in free to all Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets, thanks in part to the generous support of an anonymous donor. At least one paying adult purchase is required per order, and other restrictions apply. These tickets are available in advance only through The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center. For more information and tickets, call 727.892.3337.

Javier Perianes plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

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Concierto del Emperador de Beethoven

Michael Francis dirige el último y más heroico concierto para piano de Beethoven, lleno de la grandeza propia de su apodo, “Emperador”. La incomparable belleza y las sublimes melodías brillan en manos del experto en Beethoven Javier Perianes. En Ein Heldenleben (La vida de un héroe) de Strauss, el héroe es el propio Strauss. Su vida se desarrolla entre sonidos de coraje, triunfo y romance que cobran vida gracias a una enorme orquesta. Escuche los homenajes a las obras anteriores de Strauss, incluidos Also sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel y Don Quijote.

¡”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?

Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Piano No. 5, Op. 73 “Emperor”
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
Javier Perianes, piano

– Intermission –

Richard Strauss
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 “A Hero’s Life”

* Mystery piece rental by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers

Printable Program

Click here for a printable version of the repertoire and program notes.

On the Blog

This weekend’s guest pianist Javier Perianes talks about how to play and get out of the way of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, music as an elite sport and where the true beauty of Beethoven shines through. Click here to read.

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.

Audio Program Notes

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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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Learn more about the artists performing on this program.

With gratitude to Carol Balkcom and Ed Kaloust,
generous patrons, donors, and sponsors of Friday’s concert.

With gratitude to Dr. Gordon Gilbert and Michele Gilbert,
generous patrons, donors and sponsors of Saturday’s concert.

Saturday night’s concert is part of
The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.

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  • Fri, Feb 23, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, Feb 24, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, Feb 25, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

The Hough Family
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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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