Muti, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 & Bronfman

Feb 16

8:00 PM

Rossini, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide opens this performance featuring Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. One of Mendelssohn’s grandest symphonic works, the Reformation Symphony was written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, the creed of the Lutheran Church.

Note for the Newcomer: Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto begins with the piano soloist playing alone; the orchestra comes in a few bars later. At the time of the concerto's premiere, this type of musical opening in an orchestral work was almost unheard of, and was a totally radical compositional move on Beethoven's part.

Limited RUSH seating is available for these concerts. Call the box office at 312-294-3000 for details.


Rossini Overture to Semiramide
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with Laura Stanfield Prichard
30 minute run-time

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, February 17, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, February 18, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

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These performances are generously sponsored by the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Fund for the Canon.