Utah Symphony to Welcome Guest Pianist Ronald Brautigam, 11/15-16

Utah Symphony to Welcome Guest Pianist Ronald Brautigam, 11/15-16

Classical music triumvirate Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn create a powerful repertoire that includes perennial favorite, "The Magic Flute" Overture, for Maestro Thierry Fischer's sixth Masterworks concert on November 15 and 16 with Utah Symphony, and acclaimed guest pianist Ronald Brautigam.

The Utah Symphony continues the season-long exploration of the works of Carl Nielsen with his Symphony No. 3, an explosive work with ethereal solos for soprano and baritone. Pianist Brautigam returns to Utah for a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's dramatic, and Mozart-inspired, third piano concerto.

Although this was Beethoven's third piano concerto, it is still an early work and has more in common with his early classical period, rather than his middle period. The work has a similar theme to the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24, and is considered a nod to that work. Beethoven played the piano in its premiere, and his page turner noted that there were quite a few blank pages in the score. Scholars note that either Beethoven played it from memory without annotating it, or he improvised those sections until a later date when he had enough time to write them down.

Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto was last performed on a Utah Symphony Masterworks program in 2007. Fabio Bidini was soloist under Matthias Bamert.

Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 was premiered in 1912, and was soon after performed in other parts of Europe. It can probably be considered the first piece that gave him some international fame and credibility as a composer. Nielsen never really commented directly on the subtitle he gave the work - espansiva - but it is believed that it refers to the workings of the mind and creativity which starts inside a person but can grow in scope and touch all humanity.

Mozart's Overture to "The Magic Flute", was the last opera he completed in his lifetime during his incredibly prolific - and last - year of 1791. Utah Symphony has performed "The Magic Flute" Overture countless times on virtually every concert series. Utah Opera has staged "Flute" on four separate occasions - 1987, 1993, 2006 and 2013.

Also on the program is Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 4, a very early work of the composer's considering he wrote 104 symphonies in his lifetime. This will be the Utah Symphony premiere of Haydn No. 4, and part of Maestro Fischer's project to present one Haydn symphony each year in chronological order.


Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam has graciously agreed to teach a Masterclass onstage at Abravanel Hall on November 16 from 10 AM to 12 noon. Mr. Brautigam is renowned for his performances on both the modern piano and fortepiano. He was a student of Rudolf Serkin.

This class is sponsored by the Utah Symphony Youth Guild and will feature advanced Youth Guild members playing for Mr. Brautigam. The class is free and open to the public but because seating on stage is limited, registration is requested online: http://www.usuoeducation.org/index.php/adults/masterclasses

Music Director Thierry Fischer and Vice President of Artistic Planning Toby Tolokan will present a free pre-concert chat each night, one hour prior to the start of the performance on the orchestra level of Abravanel Hall. They will be joined by local Nielsen scholar Mogens Mogensen, who has written about Nielsen's life in five published volumes, and has commissioned paintings inspired by each of Nielsen's symphonies (which will also be on display).

This concert marks the first of the season for the Cadenza group, which offers seniors an opportunity to meet other likeminded music lovers in a social setting. Cadenza members eat together at local restaurants (around $30 for a three course meal) before Utah Symphony and Utah Opera performances and then sit together at the concerts. No need to bring a date or a friend, just come and enjoy the music and company!

Cadenza season tickets for the 2013-14 season are $146 (dinner costs are extra). Single tickets are also available to Cadenza at $35 per concert. Call 801-533-NOTE (6683) to purchase.

Single tickets for the performance start at $18 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or online by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. Season subscribers can purchase discounted tickets by contacting (801) 533-6683. Those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability, and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.