Beethoven Piano Concertos, Part II | November 4 and 5
Beethoven Piano Concertos, Part II | November 4 and 5

Santa Fe Pro Musica continues its 36th Season with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano soloist, and Thomas O’Connor conducting the Pro Musica Orchestra in Beethoven Piano Concertos, Part II. If you were among the 1,600 people who heard Part I last April, then you know that McDermott, Beethoven, and Pro Musica are a dream team. Make sure to reserve your seats for November 4 and 5.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Beethoven stretched the Viennese Classical tradition that he inherited from Mozart and Haydn into a revolutionary new style of “grandiose dimensions, profound utterances, and highly willful rhetoric of unprecedented power” (Robert Levin). Beethoven’s five piano concertos represent the embodiment of his life, from his youthful inventiveness with its glittering classicism to the richly complex, dramatic and powerful voice of his maturity. Each concerto is a tour de force.Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 was actually the second of Beethoven’s piano concertos, but it was the first to be published. Although it is a youthful work, it was crafted to make a big impression. It is bold with as large an orchestra as had ever been used in a piano concerto at that time. It was also larger in scale and with a more involved and symphonic conception. It was not written to be played quaintly in a small chamber but to make a grand statement in a large public space.

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor” is the last and most celebrated of Beethoven’s piano concertos. It was composed during 1809 as the French were bombarding Vienna: “What a destructive, disturbing life I see and hear around me, nothing but drums, cannons, and human misery in every form” (from a letter July 1809). Despite such appalling conditions, this concerto is an expression of the resilience of the human spirit and a belief in the essential goodness of humanity.

MEET PIANIST ANNE-MARIE McDERMOTT
ARTIST DINNER at La Casa Sena
Sunday, November 5 | 5:30pm | $90pp
Join Music Director Thomas O’Connor, orchestra members and Anne-Marie McDermott for an evening of lively conversation and gourmet dining. For reservations, call the SFPM Box Office: 505.988.4640image
MEET THE MUSIC with Music Director Thomas O’Connor. Arrive one hour early to each SFPM Lensic concert and hear a “behind the scenes” discussion of the music being performed.
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ABOUT ANNE-MARIE McDERMOTT
Look for our next eblast featuring Santa Fe favorite, Anne-Marie McDermott.
CONCERT INFORMATION
Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra
Thomas O’Connor, conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3pm*
*Daylight Savings Time ends, please remember to set your clocks to “fall back” one hourBEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor”
TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets range from $20-$80.
SFPM Box Office
505.988.4640 | www.sfpromusica.org
Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic
505.988.1234 | www.ticketssantafe.org

Discounts for students, teachers, groups, and families are available exclusively through the SFPM Box Office.

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