- $25 for one ticket to see Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents Viennese Masters (up to $45 value)
- When: Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Click here to view the program.
For its evening of Viennese masters, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra calls upon one of the foremost interpreters Beethoven: Hung-Kuan Chen. Born in Taipei and raised in Germany, Chen combines a strong sense of Germanic Classicism with the harmony of Chinese philosophy. As he flutters across the keys, he demonstrates why that combination has earned him positions as the Director of the International Piano Academy in Shanghai and faculty at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
- Beethoven—Symphony No. 4: The least performed of his works—and certainly less famous than his Fifth—Beethoven's Fourth was first perceived as rather bizarre for the introduction's jabbing dissonances. Yet time eventually turned the tide in Beethoven's favor, leaving one critic to remark toward the end the master's life, according to NPR, "There are no words to describe the deep, powerful spirit of this work."
- Brahms—Piano Concerto No. 1: Brahms's first piano concerto springs fully matured from grief and confusion. When his mentor, Robert Schumann, began to suffer hallucinations and pain from syphilis, he was placed in the institution where he would die two years later. Brahms, meanwhile, became a source of comfort for Schumann's wife, Clara, and their friendship—fed by piano duets—began evolving into something more. Written during this time, critical ears can detect Brahms's conflicting emotions as the concerto unfolds.
Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
Although the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra's current incarnation has been playing for more than 20 years, its roots extend much further back. On the South Shore, a quartet of musicians wanting to create opportunities for amateur musicians to perform symphonic classics formed the Hingham Civic Orchestra in 1945. In the ensuing decades, the orchestra's mission, name, and requisite amount of hairspray changed, but its drive to bring great music to a great neighborhood remained. Today, the orchestra is composed of professionals both young and seasoned, culled from the world's leading conservatories.