Ax Plays Beethoven

Masterworks 4

January 17, 2019Thursday | 8:00 pm | Neel PAC (Bradenton, FL)
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January 19, 2019Saturday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel
January 20, 2019Sunday | 2:30 pm | Van Wezel

Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement.

Los Angeles Times

Witness the dramatic power of music. The “Fate” motive in Verdi’s overture kicks off this robust concert. International superstar Emanuel Ax, widely regarded as one of today’s greatest pianists, plays Beethoven’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 1. Prokofiev described his Symphony No. 5, written in 1944, as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.“ Despite WWII ravaging Europe during its composition, this mighty work develops into a powerful testament to the human spirit and is hopeful at its conclusion.


VERDI  La Forza del Destino Overture

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 5


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