Curtis Grad Plays Mozart

Robin Ticciati - Conductor

Jonathan Biss - Piano

program

Schumann - Overture to Manfred

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595

INTERMISSION

Schumann - Symphony No. 4

Thursday, November 5, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Two Schumann masterpieces bookend Mozart in this tribute to musical genius. Joining the Orchestra is Curtis graduate (and now faculty member) pianist Jonathan Biss, who brings his special touch for Mozart's music to the composer's final Piano Concerto, a work widely considered among his greatest masterpieces. Schumann, an accomplished pianist himself, was in the prime of his career and newly married to his beloved wife, Clara, when he wrote his propulsive D-minor Symphony in 1841. Schumann also created instrumental music inspired by Lord Byron's poem Manfred in the late 1840s. The brooding, dramatic Overture is an apt counterpoint to Byron's Faustian tale of forbidden love, fate, and the spirit world. The always dynamic Glyndebourne Festival Opera Music Director Robin Ticciati, making his fourth exciting Philadelphia Orchestra appearance, leads this program of Classical gems. Listen and enjoy!

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