There are no sure things in life. But combining a Big Five Orchestra (the BSO), one of the greatest living maestros (Christoph von Dohnányi) and a world premiere from a celebrated young composer (Jean-Frédéric Neuburger) is about as close a sure-fire hit as you can get. Be there when the legendary Dohnányi leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Neuberger's Aube ("Dawn"). The rapture continues with an iconic 20th-century masterpiece, Bartók's "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta," a master class in mood and form. To close the program, German pianist Martin Helmchen (heralded by The New York Times for his "warm, fluid touch and poetic nuance") plays Beethoven's majestic Emperor concerto.
Neuburger – Aube (world premiere; BSO commission)
Bartok – “Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta” (35 min)
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor (42 min)