In Ein Heldenleben – A Hero’s Life, imagine the knight in shining armor, lance held high. Noble, determined and charming, he conquers his enemies, wins countless battles, champions peace and always gets the girl. This tone poem and ironic musical self-portrayal shows Richard Strauss’ acute sense of humor at his compositional height.
The concert opens with Christopher Rouse's Odna Zhian — One Special Life, followed by Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring the artistry of pianist Olga Kern.