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Symphony San Jose presents Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto

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Date(s) - 05/08/2022
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

California Theatre


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BUY TICKETS – $55-115 – Entry Requirements. Parking: Easy, inexpensive parking is just one block away from the theatre at San Jose City Garage on San Carlos Street with entrances on 2nd and 3rd Streets.

Symphony San Jose welcomes Jon Nakamatsu back to the beautiful California Theatre to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Op. 73. Often considered the “most important piano concerto ever written” the Emperor is filled with innovation, looking forward to 19th century pianos not yet conceived, it was to be Beethoven’s last.

The program opens in a mood of enchantment, with Ravel’s elegance, delicacy, shimmering colors and expressive melodies on full display with his Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite) and Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess). The mood shifts dramatically with Stravinsky’s brief, brilliant Symphony in Three Movements, written just after WWII, it has the intensity of a newsreel.

Concert Program

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One comment

  1. Lee Kopp says:

    Anybody still looking for the perfect gift for mom this weekend? Symphony San Jose has something special planned for attendees of Sunday’s Mother’s Day program at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose. I can’t say exactly what…but symphony volunteers will be passing out some simply beautiful and sweet gifts to the ladies in attendance. It should be the perfect ending to a glorious afternoon of music.

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