Haydn and Beethoven

(c) Photo by Runaway Productions


Past Event
$19 to $68

Location Info:

Wortham Theater Center
500 Texas
Houston, TX  77002
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 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.


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