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Emanuel Ax, piano | © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven

Fri Oct 29 - Sat Oct 30, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

In his Minnesota Orchestra debut, conductor David Afkham joins forces with pianist Emanuel Ax—who has appeared on the Orchestra Hall stage many times since his own debut here 47 years ago—to present Ludwig van Beethoven’s most poetic of piano concertos. Inspired by Beethoven’s more dramatic side, composer Unsuk Chin’s subito con forza is an evocative, tumultuous work new to our stage this season. After intermission, the emotions and intensity will only increase as the Orchestra journeys through Dmitri Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. 

A Few Things to Know

  • David Afkham is currently the chief conductor and artistic director of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain.
  • The Orchestra performs another work by composer Unsuk Chin, Frontispiece for Orchestra, this February in concerts led by Dima Slobodeniouk.


  • CHIN

    subito con forza


    Piano Concerto No. 4


    Symphony No. 10


Minnesota Orchestra

David Afkham


Emanuel Ax


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