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Opening Night at Symphony

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano
Aaron Diehl Trio (Ellington)

BEETHOVEN Consecration of the House Overture
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488
ELLINGTON New World A-Coming, for piano and orchestra
ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN Tonk, for piano four-hands
Carlos SIMON Four Black American Dances

From Austria to America: The program begins with Beethoven’s lively and festive Consecration of the House Overture, commissioned for the city of Vienna. Austrian soloist Rudolf Buchbinder then plays Mozart’s light and lyrical Piano Concerto No. 23, written during the composer’s years in Vienna. Aaron Diehl and his trio bring to life the American master Duke Ellington’s tone poem New World A-Coming. In closing, Carlos Simon, an Atlanta-raised composer, brings us deep into his community’s history with the motley and exuberant Four Black American Dances.

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Aaron Diehl dressed in black standing next to a piano with its lid open.

Performance Details

Oct 7, 2023, 6:00pm EDT

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