Wagner Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin*
Grieg Piano Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 7
*Indicates SPAC Premiere
Making his SPAC debut is 23 year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki who has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count.” Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. He will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto, marking the first time that the piece has been played on SPAC’s stage in more than a decade.
Under the baton of beloved conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the program will also feature Dvorak’s impassioned Symphony No.7, considered one of his towering achievements, and Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin.
- Many, including Debussy and George Bernard Shaw, faulted Grieg for his small output and lack of powerful works prior to the Piano Concerto in A minor. Debussy even referred to Grieg as “…a pink bon-bon wrapped in snow.” However, prolific composer Franz Liszt was able to instilled enough confidence in Grieg to write his biggest work in terms of power and gesture in the Piano Concerto in A minor. Only 25 at the time of its composition, Grieg was able to exhibit a degree of maturity in his handling of the concerto form that few have equaled.
- Dvořák was inspired to write his Symphony on one of his daily visits to the Prague Railway Station as he saw troops arriving in Prague for a special concert to support the early struggle for their Czech homeland, and determined that his new symphony would reflect this struggle. However, this symphony can be appreciated mainly for its musical ideals, not simply its political ones.
Read more here:
- Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16: https://www.redlandssymphony.com/pieces/piano-concerto-in-a-minor-op-16
- Dvorak’s greatest symphony – the Seventh: https://www.classicfm.com/composers/dvorak/guides/symphony-7/