May 1, 2021 - 7:30pm
CONCERT DURATION: 60 Minutes PRECONCERT CHAT: 6:45pm
✴ VSO debut - VSU faculty member Beibei Lin joins the VSO in a performance of Prokofiev’s grand and muscular First Piano Concerto.
✴ Rehearsal nightmare - During the rehearsal process for the premiere performance of his First Piano Concerto, Prokofiev had to spend five hours writing out transposed horn parts.
✴ Happy birthday - The VSO celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance of his iconic Fifth Symphony.
✴ Marathon concert - The Fifth Symphony was premiered during a four-hour concert in a freezing hall that included his Fourth Piano Concerto, Sixth Symphony, Choral Fantasy, a concert aria, and selections from the Mass in C Major.
- Mozart Impresario Overture, K. 486
- Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major, Op. 10
Beibei Lin, piano
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
This symphony invariably wields its power over men of every
age like those great phenomena of nature ...[it] ... will be heard
in future centuries, as long as music and the world exist.”
-- Robert Schumann on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony