ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Showstopping! Indisputably one of the greatest classical musicians in the world today, Grammy Award-winner Yefim Bronfman returns for Prokofiev’s scintillating concerto, a virtuosic whirlwind absolutely guaranteed to bring down the house. A program of Russian masterworks also spotlights Shostakovich’s spirited, slapstick Ninth and Prokofiev’s effervescent Classical throwback, a showpiece for the Houston Symphony’s virtuosity.
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Pre-Concert Activities: Chamber Music Performance
For this program (September 21, 22 & 23), Houston Symphony Musicians including Principal Second Violin MuChen Hsieh, Associate Principal Viola Joan DerHovsepian and Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio, join together for a chamber music performance of Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34. A few months after his arrival in New York, Prokofiev was commissioned to compose this piece for a Russian sextet called the Zimro Ensemble, whose leader was a clarinetist. The musicians of the ensemble gave Prokofiev a book of Jewish folksongs to use as inspiration, although he does not quote any known song in particular. Prokofiev himself played piano for the premiere.
Chamber Music Arrival Instructions
The first 50 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. The chamber music begins 45 minutes prior to the concert and replaces the regularly scheduled Prelude discussion. An extension of the concert experience, these intimate presentations will set the scene for the main program.