Witness the crowning achievement of Lutosławski’s folkloristic period. Marvel at the imperial scope of Beethoven’s masterful “Emperor” Concerto.
6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
8:00 pm – Concert begins
*To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 841-2800, x301.
Conductor/ArtistsTito Munoz, conductor Conrad Tao, piano Berkeley Symphony
ProgramLutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, "Emperor"
About the Soloist and Composer
Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. In 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named him a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. That same year, Conrad was named a Gilmore Young Artist and in 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Witold Lutosławski, who died in 1994 at age 81, was one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the preeminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. His early works were influenced by Polish folk music and his style demonstrates a wide range of rich atmospheric textures. He often incorporated his own methods of building harmonies from small groups of musical intervals and used aleatoric processes, in which the rhythmic coordination of parts is subject to an element of chance.