Open Rehearsal: Beethoven250: MTT & Emanuel Ax: Beethoven & Julia Wolfe
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, a composer who casts a long shadow over music—challenging, inspiring, haunting, and setting the bar for generations to come. Presented here by the renowned Beethoven virtuoso Emanuel Ax, we hear some of the earliest-known music by the composer, the Piano Concerto No. 2. Fronting a heightened sense of drama, Beethoven would become a beacon to Richard Wagner, who then pushed music’s harmonic language into a new realm—one which paved the way for Alban Berg. A signature piece for Michael Tilson Thomas, Berg’s spellbinding Three Pieces for Orchestra is a revival of recent performances issued on the Orchestra’s in-house label, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning SFS Media. Opening the program is the West Coast premiere of Fountain of Youth, an SFS Co-commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Julia Wolfe, famed for her melding of folk, rock, and classical idioms.
Open Rehearsals are working rehearsals. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion.
- Venue: Davies Symphony Hall
- Date: Thu January 16, 2020 10:00am
- City: San Francisco
- Email: [email protected]
- Price Range: $30–45
- Tickets: (415) 864-6000