May 11 2019
Bernstein & Beethoven, Part I

Bernstein & Beethoven, Part I

at Music Center at Strathmore

Michael Brown, piano
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Bernstein – Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”)
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Member Encore Q&A
7-7:30 pm: Meet the Musicians

“When I first read the book I was breathless … it is one of the most shattering examples of pure virtuosity in the history of English poetry.” Leonard Bernstein’s reaction to the 1948 Pulitzer Prize winning book The Age of Anxiety, by W.H. Auden, inspired him to create his majestic Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”), a work of kaleidoscopic breadth, innovative structure (the inclusion of piano solo), and powerful theatricality. Commissioned by Bernstein’s longtime mentor, Serge Koussevitzky, the symphony premiered on April 8,1949, with Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony and Bernstein himself as the soloist. The Symphony No. 2 then secured its position as one of the iconic works of 20th century music, even surpassing the fame of the poem that inspired it. In this first of two related concerts, Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” symphony is paired with Beethoven’s equally charged Symphony No. 5, a work that has been interpreted as a demonstration of the human will in overcoming adverse fate. In the same way that Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 charts the dramatic narrative embodied in Auden’s poem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 unfolds a personal narrative of the triumph of the human spirit.

Admission Info

Tickets starting at $34

Kids age 7-17 are free. Visit nationalphilharmonic.org or visit/call the Strathmore Ticket Office (301) 637-2608.

Phone: 301-581-5100

Dates & Times

2019/05/11 - 2019/05/11

Additional time info:

Member Encore Q&A
7-7:30 pm: Meet the Musicians

Location Info

Music Center at Strathmore

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Parking Info

For full parking information and directions, please visit www.strathmore.org/your-visit/directions-and-parking

Parking in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage is $5.20 during the week and free on weekends. Strathmore is also accessible via Metro’s Red Line, Grosvenor-Strathmore station.

Limited short-term parking also is available at specially marked meters along Tuckerman Lane, which do not require payment after 7pm.

Accessibility Info

For full accessibility information, please visit www.strathmore.org/your-visit/accessibility.