Conductor Hans Graf will kick off the festivities with Program A, which includes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 1. The acclaimed piano concerto, performed here by Garrick Ohlsson, is a deeply emotional piece, first written around the time Brahms’s close friend Robert Schumann attempted suicide and completed after Schumann died while in an asylum. Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 is sometimes snidely referred to as Beethoven’s Tenth because of Beethoven’s heavy influence on Brahms’s early work. Program B includes Symphony No. 4 and Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Concerto for Violin and Cello, featuring Frank Huang on violin and Brinton Averil Smith on cello.
Here’s a little Hans Graf/Brahms trivia: The first score Graf ever bought was a pocket score of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. Program A is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Program B is at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Sept. 14-16, 2012