Houston Symphony presents Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
A diverse program consisting of Charles Ives, Symphony No. 3, The Camp Meeting, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7, young conductor James Gaffigan brings a fresh and energetic approach to traditional classical music repertoire. Pianist Jonathan Biss, known for his haunting yet modest style, will join Gaffigan in the ominous and dark staple of the piano repertoire.
The only commissioned symphony in Dvorák's life, the Royal Philharmonic Society in London also commissioned Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 just 60 years earlier. Stating that this new piece "must be capable of stirring the world," the epic sonorities also have roots in Czech folklore and are reminiscent of the infamous Slavonic Dances.