Date(s) - 22/03/2013
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Prudential Hall at NJPAC
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, with guest pianist Yuja Wang, present works by Beethoven, Brahms, and John Adams.
If it seems impossible that the American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is nearing 70, that is only because he continues to make music with the enthusiasm and spirit of a young man.
MTT, as he is known, has become a venerable maestro, especially in his years as music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, even if he still looks a bit like the kid who stunned the world over forty years ago with his brilliant, thorough grasp of the elusive art of conducting. He brings the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra to NJPAC for a concert that will demonstrate not only the wisdom of experience, but also the edge and excitement his career has never lost.
With Brahms’s imposing Symphony No. 1 to crown the concert, Thomas and the orchestra will welcome the lovely Chinese pianist Yuja Wang in a performance of Beethoven’s most searching and haunting piano concerto, No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. Already an international star in her mid-20s, Wang has won the praise of, among others, The New York Times(“magisterial and dazzling…what matters is that she has got it as a pianist”) and San Francisco Chronicle (“a practically superhuman keyboard technique with artistic eloquence that is second to none”). Conductor and orchestra also bring Drift and Providence, a new work written specifically for them, created by young composer Samuel Carl Adams. Expect to hear Beethoven and Brahms with new ears; expect the unexpected from Adams.
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