BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR CONCERTO
Joyce Yang, Piano
WAGNER Overture to Tannhäuser, WWV 70
JALBERT In Aeternam
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, op. 73, Emperor
A climatic operatic overture from Wagner’s Tannhäuser will open the performance. You’ll be swept away as the Reno Phil plays Pierre Jalbert’s In Aeternam. The piece was written in 2000 as a memorial to his niece who died at birth and captures a range of emotions, from sorrow to grief to shock and despair. Finally, young pianist Joyce Yang will captivate audiences as she tackles Beethoven’s daunting piano concerto. A classical favorite, Beethoven’s “Emperor” is aptly titled.
Music Director Laura Jackson conducts the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and offers a pre-concert talk one hour before the concert on Sunday and one half-hour before the concert on Tuesday. In this preview, she discusses the works and composers on the evening’s concert, giving attendees a background and historical context for the music they will hear. Preview talk is at 3:00 PM Sunday in the concert hall and at 7:00 PM Tuesday in the exhibition hall. Seating for the preview is general admission, first-come first served.
- In Aeternam was written in 2000 as a memorial to Pierre Jalbert’s niece who died at birth. You can hear a heartbeat throughout the piece.
- Beethoven usually premiered his own concertos, but never played his Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 ‘Emperor’ for audiences because of his deafness. Church organist Friedrich Schnieder played at the premiere in Leipzig, 1811.