ABOUT THIS CONCERT
It captivated listeners so completely when first premiered that an immediate, mid-symphony encore was demanded. More than 200 years later, from Hollywood to the concert hall, the bewitching “Allegretto” from Beethoven’s Seventh speaks to the heart just as intently—a vast, brooding midnight amidst a Symphony of sunny exuberance and surging high spirits. Kirill Gerstein kindles enough piano pyrotechnics to light up all of Texas with Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Totentanz (“Dance of Death”).
Pre-Concert Activities: Chamber Music Prelude
Your ticket includes a special chamber music performance by Houston Symphony musicians on the Jones Hall stage starting 45 minutes before the concert. Hear Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9, IV. Allegro molto performed by Rodica Gonzalez, violin, Mihaela Frusina, violin, Wei Jiang, viola, and Jeff Butler, cello. The first people to arrive will be given the opportunity to sit onstage for the prelude performance. Those interested should line up outside the Jones Hall main entrance on the Louisiana Patio near the first door on the right before doors open, 1 hour before the concert begins. All others may watch the chamber music performance from the front orchestra seating of Jones Hall. The chamber music replaces the regularly scheduled Prelude discussion.