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Yefim Bronfman | © Frank Stewart

Bronfman Plays Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Fri Jun 7 — Sat Jun 8, 2024

Orchestra Hall

~2 hours, including intermission

“He can roar, but he also can whisper,” said the Chicago Sun-Times about Yefim Bronfman’s performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. On either side of Bronfman’s astonishing performance, David Robertson leads symphonic works by Adolphus Hailstork and John Adams, two contemporary American composers who are currently shaping the orchestral world as we watch (and listen!).

A Few Things to Know

  1. In collaboration with the St. Louis Symphony, conductor David Robertson was honored with a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for a recording of another of John Adams’ compositions, City Noir.
  2. Doctor Atomic Symphony is a concert version of John Adams’ 2005 opera that tells the story of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb. Oppenheimer is also the central subject of the 2023 film named after him directed by Christopher Nolan.
  3. Yefim Bronfman first performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1979, when he was just 21 years old. It has been nearly 20 years since his most recent concert here, when he performed Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    Symphony No. 1

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    One Minute Note

    Adolphus Hailstork’s First Symphony brings an array of influences from diverse cultural backgrounds—including subtle incorporations of music from Guyana, where he had recently studied—to the traditional four-movement format of classical symphonies. Hailstork himself conducted the premiere in New Jersey in 1988.


    Piano Concerto No. 4

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    Ludwig van Beethoven’s lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto begins with the soloist rather than the orchestra, foreshadowing the work’s soft-spoken mood. Most striking is the second movement, in which harsh strings are calmed by the gentle piano.


    Doctor Atomic Symphony

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony comprises music drawn from the composer’s 2005 opera exploring the weeks leading up to the first atomic bomb test in 1945—a narrative that overlaps at times with last year’s hit film Oppenheimer. We hear a laboratory’s tension, wartime panic and a countdown to the test, as well as a poetic aria in which Oppenheimer’s vocal line is reassigned to solo trumpet.


Minnesota Orchestra

David Robertson


Yefim Bronfman


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With this concert we honor the memory of James P. Callahan



The 2023-2024 Classical Season is presented by Ameriprise Financial.