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Brahms' Second Symphony


Benaroya Hall (map) Downtown
Thu., June 12, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 15, 2 p.m. 2014 All Ages

What unites the three pieces on tonight's program is their ties to Vienna—they were written there, or by Vienna natives. Johann Strauss Jr.'s Emperor Waltzes represent the city's light and playful classicism, and Brahms's Second Symphony is a bucolic Romantic beast, his longest symphony but the one most at peace. In between them, the orchestra and Jonathan Biss will perform Arnold Schoenberg's Piano Concerto Op. 42. The piece is emotionally and formally complex, a 12-tone work of four movements that are marked in a manuscript found after his death sequentially this way: "Life was so easy." "Suddenly hatred broke out." "A grave situation was created." "But life goes on." By the time the piece had its debut in New York in 1944, Schoenberg had already fled his home city of Vienna, by that time Nazi-ridden. Biss, the featured pianist, is a charismatic young crusader—in a long family line of musicians—for music, writing books, teaching at Curtis Institute (where he studied), and giving passionate performances. This looks promising. JEN GRAVES

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Benaroya Hall

200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

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  • Thu., June 12, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 15, 2 p.m. 2014
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