Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Classical 4

Master Musician
Garrick Ohlsson

Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Pianist

March 11, 2018 - 3 pm
NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury

Pre-concert lecture: 2:00-2:30PM Dr. Vincent de Luise

College Students Do not order online: call /visit WSO office 203-574-4283 (ID required): $10.00
College Student Rush Tickets (Rush Only, 1 hr. prior to concert, must present ID) $5.00
Children Tickets (purchsed with full price Adult ticket): Do not order online | call ticket office | 203-574-4283: $5.00

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Haydn- Symphony No. 100 in G major, "Military"
Brahms- Piano Concerto No. 2, Bb major, Op. 83

There is no better music to lighten up a dark winter day than Johannes Brahms' brilliant Second Piano Concerto, and no better artist to bring this masterpiece to life than pianist Garrick Ohlsson. A distant opening horn call invites us to enter a mysterious, enchanted world. Virtuosity and profound depth of feeling are required in equal measure in this concerto, traversing a passionate scherzo, an intimate dialogue between cello and piano, and a concluding rondo full of gypsy swagger. Haydn's 100th symphony begins with a wistful sigh of woodwinds, but soon gives way to music of joy and exuberance, ending in a literal crash of cymbals brilliant enough to illuminate even the gloomiest of winter days.



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Garrick Ohlsson, pianist

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. to read more about Garrick Ohlsson

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Franz Joseph Haydn


Over the course of his 106 symphonies, Austrian composer Franz Joseph Hayden became the principal architect of the classical style of music.


Franz Joseph Haydn was among the creators of the fundamental genres of classical music, and his influence upon later composers is immense. Haydn’s most celebrated pupil was Ludwig van Beethoven, and his musical form casts a huge shadow over the music of subsequent composers such as Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms. (www.biography.com)

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“It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.—Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Pianist, Composer(1833–1897)
Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist who wrote symphonies, concerti, chamber music, piano works, and choral compositions.


Born in Hamburg, Germany, on May 7, 1833, Brahms was the great master of symphonic and sonata style in the second half of the 19th century. He can be viewed as the protagonist of the Classical tradition of Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. (www.biography.com)

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