Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Dvořák’s New World Symphony are both expansive, phenomenal works. And thrilling to hear live.
Prepare for moments of drama, as in the iconic opening of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. This is a work that is colourful and intensely lyrical, with a beautiful Adagio and a folk music-inflected final movement. And don’t miss Yang letting loose in the wildly entertaining cadenza.
Dvořák was inspired to write his New World Symphony after moving to America and experiencing its open spaces and sense of freedom. The work is packed with memorable melodies and delightful tension. He incorporated American roots music and Black spirituals into his vast musical canvas, creating a new musical language for a new world.
This is also a rare opportunity to hear work by Missy Mazzoli, a ‘symphonic composer with a photographer’s eye’ (NPR). These Worlds in Us is wonderfully cinematic, with a real sense of yearning and all her hallmark inventiveness.
Missy MAZZOLI These Worlds in Us
Symphony No.9, From the New World
KEVIN JOHN EDUSEI conductor
JOYCE YANG piano