Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Strauss, Johann Jr. Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (Emperor Waltzes)
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major
Strauss, Richard Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40
Featuring two powerhouse German pieces framing the music of Liszt, we open the concert with the robust Emperor Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr., followed by the return of Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano with Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major. Then we close with Richard Strauss’ “monster” piece Ein Heldenleben in all its powerfully inventive and romantic glory. What an invigorating way to draw an end to our 30th Anniversary Season.