Robert Schumann wrote his one and only Piano Concerto after being encouraged by his loving wife Clara, the leading pianist of the time, who later premiered the romantic work. Hear it performed here by the legendary Yefim Bronfman, “a virtuoso with chops that defy comparison” (The New York Times).
Before that, enjoy selections from Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. Finally, be transported to a Viennese ballroom with the beloved On the Beautiful Blue Danube by waltz king Johann Strauss, Jr.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
J. STRAUSS JR.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman
Image magnification (IMAG): During the performance, close-ups of the orchestra musicians, conductor and guest artists will be projected onto the big screen above the orchestra.