Internationally recognized pianist Shai Wosner joins us to perform Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. Written in 1806, it was the last the composer was able to perform himself, silenced by his advancing deafness. James MacMillan, Scotland’s preeminent composer of his generation, shares his powerful Symphony No. 4, a US premiere and 60th birthday gift to the revered Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles in 2014.
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 the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.
Concert Notes to be added soon.
Conductor/ArtistsElim Chan, guest conductor Shai Wosner, piano Berkeley Symphony
ProgramJames MacMillan: Symphony No. 4 - West Coast premiere, co-commission with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
About the Soloist and Composer
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicate his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity.
Born in 1959, James MacMillan is the preeminent Scottish composer of his generation. His music combines rhythmic excitement, raw emotional power and spiritual meditation. He first attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen's Birthday honors.