Haydn and Beethoven
, a joint program Plante says is united by a shared sense of beauty. “We have this really classical aesthetic that is so beautiful, so uplifting,” says Plante. “It is gallant, it’s refined yet passionate.”
8 p.m. March 25. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-533-0080 or visit mercuryhouston.org
. $19 to $68.
While on a seemingly never-ending summer excursion with his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, Joseph Haydn realized his orchestra had a problem — they wanted to go home. In response, Haydn composed Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, its fourth movement marked by each musician, one by one, leaving the stage until only two violins remained. “Indeed, the prince did get the message and shortly after, they were back in Vienna,” laughs presenter and conductor Antoine Plante, Mercury’s artistic director. The theatrics of Haydn’s so-called “Farewell” Symphony share the stage with his solo-filled Symphony No. 6 in D major, “Le matin,” and Beethoven’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, in Mercury’s