Schumann Focus: Symphony No. 1 • Piano Concerto
Thu / May 17, 2018 - 8:00PM
Dudamel and Mitsuko Uchida – one of the world’s foremost Schumann interpreters – launch the Schumann Focus with the German master’s beloved Piano Concerto, and Dudamel leads his vibrant “Spring” Symphony.
About this Performance
Although his life was difficult, to say the least, ending prematurely in madness, Robert Schumann nonetheless composed music that elevates us through its pure spirit and unique personal character. Over three weekends, Gustavo Dudamel delves deeply into Schumann’s four symphonies, two greatest concertos, and a rarely heard oratorio, offering us a portrait of the man through his finest creations.
Joining these programs for Schumann’s only Piano Concerto is the remarkable Mitsuko Uchida, acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of Schumann’s keyboard music. The Concerto itself is an absolute masterpiece of mid-19th-century composition and an ideal way to become acquainted with Schumann’s writing.
Astonishingly, the “Spring” Symphony was sketched in only four days. In it, the composer was attempting to capture the anticipation and arrival of springtime, with all its attendant feelings.
Schumann Focus is supported by an Edgerton Foundation grant.
Upbeat Live: Pre-concert Talks
With Richard Kogan – 7pm (more information)
Upbeat Live is an informative and engaging way to learn about the music before your concert. Renowned musicologists will take you through music theory, guided listening and the program's historical and cultural context. Plus, you'll hear interviews with guest artists and members of the LA Phil and participate in Q & A!
Post-Concert Uchida CD Signing
Meet Mitsuko Uchida in the LA Phil Store lobby after the performance! CDs available in the store for signing.
Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.