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Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Please Note: Pianist Kenny Broberg will replace André Watts as the featured soloist in Minnesota Orchestra concerts this weekend. The program will remain the same. Read the full press release »

About This Concert:

The Emperor was Beethoven’s final and most famous piano concerto, and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is a work of great extremes, requiring delicate strands of sound from a massive ensemble. Finnish conductor John Storgårds makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in this powerful program.

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 10

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Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 may have gotten its nickname at the 1812 Vienna premiere when an excited French officer exclaimed, “C’est l’Empereur!”
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 quotes his own song “What’s in My Name?” and throughout the Tenth, Shostakovich uses the notes D, E flat, C, B (D, S, C, H in German spelling) for his own initials—a survivor’s rebuke to Stalin who had terrorized the composer.
  • Kenny Broberg debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010 at a series of Young People’s and Family Concerts while he was a high school student in Minneapolis.
  • John Storgårds is as accomplished with a violin bow as a conductor’s baton, having served as concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony for several seasons.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

John Storgårds | Photo © Marco Borggreve

John Storgårds | Photo © Marco Borggreve

Please Note: Pianist Kenny Broberg will replace André Watts as the featured soloist in Minnesota Orchestra concerts this weekend. The program will remain the same. Read the full press release »

About This Concert:

The Emperor was Beethoven’s final and most famous piano concerto, and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is a work of great extremes, requiring delicate strands of sound from a massive ensemble. Finnish conductor John Storgårds makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in this powerful program.

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No. 10

Read program notes »

Fun Facts:

  • Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 may have gotten its nickname at the 1812 Vienna premiere when an excited French officer exclaimed, “C’est l’Empereur!”
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 quotes his own song “What’s in My Name?” and throughout the Tenth, Shostakovich uses the notes D, E flat, C, B (D, S, C, H in German spelling) for his own initials—a survivor’s rebuke to Stalin who had terrorized the composer.
  • Kenny Broberg debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010 at a series of Young People’s and Family Concerts while he was a high school student in Minneapolis.
  • John Storgårds is as accomplished with a violin bow as a conductor’s baton, having served as concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony for several seasons.
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