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This weekend: Beethoven and John Adams

Harmonielehre (Harmony Study), is one of John Adams' transformative works, combining the power of American minimalism with harmonies and shapes of romantic and early twentieth century music.  Driven, yet unabashedly romantic, this piece seems to bring Hollywood, Debussy, Mahler, Stravinsky and Steve Reich together! If you hear the Matrix movies here, don’t be surprised. John Adams influenced Don Davis’ film scores.  Here is the build up to what Adams somewhat whimsically described as “that final thundering Buffalo herd in E-flat major.”
The renowned Dutch conductor Edo de Waart, who premiered and recorded Harmonielehre in San Francisco, is our guest conductor for this program. James Ehnes, who has been called the Jascha Heifetz of our day, and who has received numerous awards for his own recordings including a GRAMMY®, a Gramophone®, and ten JUNO© Awards, will perform Beethoven’s famous Violin Concerto on this program as well.
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