October 17, 2018

Beethoven Concerto Cycle At Upcoming PSO Concerts

On Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 28 at 4 p.m.,the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) welcomes pianist Inon Barnaton and conductor Marcelo Lehninger for collaboration on a two-day cycle of all five piano concertos completed by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Concertos 1, 2, and 4 make up the Saturday program while 3 and 5 (The Emperor) are reserved for Sunday. Both concerts are at Richardson Auditorium and include a free Pre-Concert Talk for ticket holders.

“This is not only a rare opportunity to hear all of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos in one weekend,” says PSO Executive Director Marc Uys, “but a chance to have the interpretive genius of a superstar pianist as our guide through this body of work which spans around 25 years of the composer’s creative life. I would encourage everyone to make a weekend of it.”

Barnaton received a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. He was recently named music director of the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. A regular soloist with many orchestras and conductors, the Israeli pianist recently served three seasons as the inaugural artist-in-association of the New York Philharmonic. This season he plays Beethoven with Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie Orchestra led by Alan Gilbert, Mozart with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and Rachmaninov with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Israel Philharmonic, again led by Gilbert.

Lehninger is music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. In 2018, he brought the orchestra to Carnegie Hall. He previously served as music director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles, for which the League of American Orchestras awarded him the Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Directors. After a two-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra that included stepping in for James Levine on short notice in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall, he served as associate conductor for an additional three years. Chosen by Kurt Masur in 2008, Lehninger was awarded the First Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship sponsored by the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation.

Tickets ($96, $80, $62, $35, and $28-youth) are available at princetonsymphony.org or by calling 609 497-0020.