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An Afternoon of Beethoven

Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:00PM
Winspear Opera House

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven himself called his seventh symphony, which premiered in 1813, “one of the happiest products of my poor talents” and audiences of the time agreed wholeheartedly, applauding, according to one contemporary newspaper account, “to the point of ecstasy.” For today’s Beethoven lovers, this symphony truly has it all: beauty, excitement, intensity, energy and pronounced dance rhythms. The second movement, often performed in concert as a stand-alone, is considered one of the composer’s most popular orchestral pieces. Performed by The Dallas Opera Orchestra with internationally-acclaimed Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, who draws “an impressive array of colors from the orchestra” (New York Classical Review); TDO patrons may find themselves levitating out of their seats long before the final bows!

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninoff Universally regarded as one of the most challenging and electrifying of all the Romantic Era concertos, “Rach 3,” as it is known, has been thrilling audiences since its world premiere in 1909. Although the work features lush strings and prominent woodwinds, the spotlight is on the piano and the rare world-class musician who can measure up to both the artistic and physical demands of this fierce twentieth-century masterpiece. American pianist Andrew von Oeyen, hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, has (according to The Los Angeles Times) “indisputable gifts and an extravagantly thorough and effortless technique…(he) seems incapable of misarticulating a musical sentence.” The Chicago Tribune agrees that this extraordinary artist “leaves you convinced that he can do absolutely anything he likes with a keyboard.” Performed with The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the baton of “expert conductor” (The Wall Street Journal) Emmanuel Villaume, patrons can anticipate one of the most thrilling live performances in North Texas this year!