Johannes Brahms is a cherished composer among local audiences, who will be charmed with his warm and lyrical Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, a musical thank-you note to the University of Breslau, who bestowed an honorary doctorate upon him in 1880. The Monterey Symphony’s third concert also features Symphony No. 2 by Robert Schumann, a close friend to Brahms. Renowned pianist Josu de Solaun will dazzle with his exhilarating performance of Piano Concerto No. 5 by Camille Saint-Saëns. Josu performed Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as a solo piano recital previously for the Monterey Symphony, and the 2014 First Prize Enescu Piano Competition winner is back to astonish our audiences again. Do not miss this opportunity!
Max Bragado-Darman / Conductor
Josu du Solaun / Piano
Saint-Saëns / Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 103
Schumann / Symphony No. 2, Op. 61
The Monterey Symphony will open the 72nd season – Concert Grand – with two preeminent showpieces: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, "From the New World;" and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Returning to play with Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony again this season, fan-favorite Orion Weiss will amaze audiences with his virtuosic skills performing Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto, composed for the historically acclaimed Nikolai Rubinstein. Popularly known as the "New World Symphony,” Symphony No. 9 by Antonín Dvořák was composed in America while he taught at the National Conservatory in New York City, and has remained an American classic since it was written in 1893. Don’t miss this chance to hear these two landmark musical works live at the Monterey Symphony season opener!
Great composers are the virtue for the second concert of the season, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the most revered of the five he composed. Prokofiev generously balanced the orchestra with the piano in this highly virtuosic concerto. The Monterey Symphony will welcome talented pianist David Jae-Weon Huh, making his first appearance with the orchestra. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, subtitled the ‘Pastoral,’ was the first programmatic symphonic work, changing the course of symphonic writing for the remainder of the Romantic Era. It premiered the same night as his famous Symphony No. 5 in one of the most influential concerts in all of history, so do not miss your opportunity to hear it performed live by the Monterey Symphony & members of the Honors Orchestra of Youth Music Monterey County this November!
Spend St. Patrick’s Day with the Monterey Symphony and Mozart! The Overture from his highly lauded and loved opera, Don Giovanni, will begin the fourth program, entirely dedicated to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This concert set will also feature the first and last symphonies by Mozart: Symphony No. 1, KV 16; and Symphony No. 41, KV 551, commonly known as the ‘Jupiter.’ Symphony No. 1 was composed in 1764 while he was still eight years of age during a tour of England, and the influence of Johann Christian Bach – or English Bach as he is known – is evident in his most green symphony. The Jupiter symphony was Mozart’s longest and final contribution to the genre, written in 1788, named for the largest and grandest of planets. Enjoy March Mozart-Madness with the Monterey Symphony in a spectacular concert!
Come hear Juan Pérez Floristán – First Prize winner of the prestigious Santander Piano Competition in 2015 – perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Monterey Symphony! Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (‘Italian’) will also be featured. Mendelssohn wrote in a letter from Rome to his sister, Fanny, that he thought Symphony No. 4 was the “jolliest” he had ever composed, inspired by the rich countryside and culture of Italy as he toured there from 1829-31. Johannes Brahms waited twenty-two years before writing his second piano concerto following his first, and it was worth the wait. Brahms himself premiered Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1881, which only furthered his reputation as a great composer and a great pianist, and it has been an audience pleaser since. Don’t miss this chance to hear Brahms’ stormy concerto and Mendelssohn’s delightful symphony in this compelling Monterey Symphony concert.
The sixth and final concert of the Monterey Symphony’s season, Concert Grand, will conclude in grand fashion! Music by Prokofiev, Liszt, Falla, and Tchaikovsky, round out an amazing season of great music. Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 was written in a throwback style akin to Haydn, and Tchaikovsky’s popular and familiar “1812 Overture,” composed in 1880 to commemorate the failure of Napoleon’s army to invade Russia in 1812, will showcase an explosive musical experience. The highlight of this concert will be Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by the incomparable Phillipe Bianconi at the piano. Liszt perfected the art of thematic transformation, and took it to an extreme level with this impassioned concerto. Also featured will be Manuel de Falla’s lovely Noches en los Jardines de España, his most Impressionist-style work that details three gardens in a setting for piano and orchestra. Come close the Concert Grand season with the Monterey Symphony in this great concert programmed for all of the great fans of great classical music!