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Saturday, January 14, 2023 7:30pm

Event Description

When do two “Fifths” make the whole world take notice? When they are Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Fifth Piano Concerto. Beethoven makes his piano solo part soar with freedom and brilliance but also shares the most tender nocturne in the delicate tension of the sublime middle movement. “Beethoven’s Fifth” is called the most well-known music in the world and has even been sent to the universe as a sound sample on the Voyager probes of the 1970s.

Alongside these two iconic pieces of classical music is a fascinating world premiere by LO Creators Corps member, Lisa Bielawa. Initially inspired by the cortege of Queen Elizabeth II, the piece is entitled Send the Carriage Through. As the composition evolved it began to reflect Bielawa’s relationship with Louisville — the city, its Orchestra, its audience and community — and became more and more colorful and engaged. This innovative piece celebrates musical performance as a sort of “relay race” in which players and conductor pass the baton, reflecting musically on the role of leadership in the orchestra from Beethoven’s time to the present day.

Concert Program:
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Lisa BIELAWA: “Send the Carriage Through” (Creators Corps Commission and World Premiere)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 5

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

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Event Venue

Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Performing Arts Center
501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States


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