Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2


In a tongue-in-cheek quip, Brahms described his Second Piano Concerto as “a tiny, tiny pianoforte concerto, with a tiny, tiny wisp of a scherzo.” Approaching the dimensions of a symphony, full of nobility and brilliance, the monstrously difficult work will be performed by the world-renowned Austrian pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder.

The rest of this program highlights uniquely American artistry and composition, beginning with the world premiere of a new orchestral work by Leonard Bernstein Award-winning composer, violinist and educator, Jessie Montgomery. Then, traditional American musical genres are blended with classical orchestral stylings in Antheil’s bold and complex A Jazz Symphony and Chesky’s ode to Americana and folk American Bluegrass.