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Jon Kimura Parker
Jon Kimura Parker, piano | © Josh Kohanek

Jon Kimura Parker Plays Beethoven

Fri Jul 15, 2022

Orchestra Hall

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his Second Symphony and Third Piano Concerto, both bold and masterful works, around the same time—a period in which he was coming to grips with his advancing hearing loss. In his Minnesota Orchestra debut, British conductor Nicholas Collon explores both works, with Summer at Orchestra Hall Creative Partner and pianist Jon Kimura Parker interpreting the fiery concerto. The concert opens with contemporary American composer Carlos Simon’s energetic and colorful Fate Now Conquers, which was inspired by a journal entry from Beethoven.

This performance will be broadcast with a live audience on TPT-2 and livestreamed on the Minnesota Orchestra website. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience

  1. This is the beginning of Summer at Orchestra Hall! After a two-year postponement, we're thrilled to share the vision that Jon Kimura Parker, Minnesota Orchestra musicians and artistic team have created.
  2. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and his Piano Concerto No. 3 were written around the same time and were premiered on the same concert April 5, 1803. 
  3. The title of Carlos Simon's Fate Now Conquers was taken from a personal diary entry of Beethoven's from 1815; he copied a line from Homer's Illiad: "But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share in my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit. And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit."

Date & Time






    Fate now conquers


    Piano Concerto No. 3


    Symphony No. 2


Minnesota Orchestra

Nicholas Collon


Jon Kimura Parker


Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.



The Creative Partner position is supported by Marilyn and Glen Nelson.