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New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart and Brahms

  • Symphony Space 2537 Broadway New York, NY, 10025 United States (map)

11/8/2019, 8-10pm
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025 US

Conductor Benjamin Grow, who serves as music director/principal conductor of Chelsea Opera, concluded the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra's last season and returns to open this one. He has chosen a program that promises much instrumental magic. Some say that Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute is his greatest overture. His Piano Concerto No. 23 is a mature and elegant work, particularly poignant—a fact that the composer recognized. Soloist Benjamin Laude holds master's and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. His playing has been described by The New York Times as “superb in pace, tone, and eloquence.”

Brahms’ first symphony is an homage to Beethoven—in fact, it is sometimes called Beethoven’s Tenth! Listen for the Ode to Joy reference in the main theme of the Finale. Brahms Symphony No. 1 is indeed a fitting prelude to NASO’s 2020 celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in our future concerts this season. Instrumental magic abounds.

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Submitted by Ruth Singleton '82