Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila is often called a “curtain-raiser” and will open the program when the Houston Symphony returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre, led by Conductor Ben Gernon. Pianist George Li joins in for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, quick to become a staple of the 19th-century piano repertoire upon its premiere despite being savaged by great pianist Nikolai Rubinstein in 1874, before the program closes with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1, his first symphony written after he turned pro at the ripe old age of 15.
Miller audiences are in for a treat when Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Philharmonic’s new Principal Guest Conductor, Ben Gernon. From its thunderous opening chords to its soaring finale, this deeply emotive work has become the most popular piano concerto in history. The program begins with a lively overture by one of Tchaikovsky’s musical idols and concludes with Mendelssohn’s precocious Symphony No. 1, written when its composer was just 15 years old.
Though his opera was poorly received and rarely staged outside of Russia, Mikhail Glinka’s