Michael Tilson Thomas - Conductor
Hélène Grimaud - Piano
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has regretfully withdrawn from performances scheduled December 5, 7, and 8 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and December 6 at Carnegie Hall in New York, on medical advice that he not travel for the next few weeks due to sinus-related problems.
San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has graciously agreed to conduct the Orchestra on those dates, which also feature pianist Hélène Grimaud. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 will replace Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, at Ms. Grimaud’s request. All other repertoire remains the same.
Berlioz completed his revolutionary Symphonie fantastique just three years after the death of Beethoven. He used the orchestra in new and revolutionary ways to tell a semi-autobiographical story of obsessive love, hallucination, and death.