Colorado Symphony welcomes conductor Andrew Litton and pianist Pascal Rogé in performance of Mozart's illustrious Piano Concerto No. 21; Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Brahms' Academic Festival Overture round-out idyllic Colorado Symphony Masterworks weekendhe Colorado Symphony welcomes acclaimed conductor Andrew Litton and celebrated pianist Pascal Rogé for two beautiful concerts featuring masterworks by Brahms, Mozart and Tchaikovsky on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at Boettcher Concert Hall. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and promise to charm concertgoers with a program of music that is both joyful and resplendent, spotlighting one of the most venerated works in the repertoire: Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.
Rogé, who makes his much-anticipated return to the Colorado Symphony stage in these concerts, promises to shine in the performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, one of the most popular and well-known of Mozart's 27 piano concerti. In recent history, the Concerto has gained the moniker of the "Elvira Madigan Concerto" from its use in the soundtrack to the award-winning 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan.
Recognized as a towering achievement in classical music, Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony – a work inspired by his tumultuous personal life and inner struggles – was dedicated to his benefactress and confidante, Nadezhda von Meck. Its sense of a powerful "force of destiny" reflects Tchaikovsky's deep understanding of the nature of the human experience – and his unique capacity for "translating" emotions into music. The Fourth Symphony represents not only a turning point in Tchaikovsky's life, but a turning point in his artistry as well.
Perfecting this Masterworks program is Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, which Brahms composed as a musical "thank you" to the University of Breslau upon receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Brahms, who never had the opportunity to go to university, utterly captures the youthful and high-spirited atmosphere of campus life in this endearingly popular work.
To learn more about the history of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and this concert program, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.