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Music review: John Adams’ ‘Absolute Jest’ in San Francisco

When John Adams was a young composer and conductor in San Francisco in the early ’70s, he would often perform the experimental music of John Cage and other radicals, which was the hip thing to do at the time. But he has said that all that avant-garde business could leave him musically dissatisfied, and he’d go home and put on recordings of late Beethoven string quartets.

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    January 17, 2019

    Sarasota Orchestra

    Neel Performing Arts Center

    Bradenton, FL

    VERDI: La Forza del Destino Overture
    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1
    PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.5

    January 18, 2019

    Sarasota Orchestra

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota, FL

    VERDI: La Forza del Destino Overture
    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1
    PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.5

    January 19, 2019

    Sarasota Orchestra

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota, FL

    VERDI: La Forza del Destino Overture
    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1
    PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.5

    January 20, 2019

    Sarasota Orchestra

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota, FL

    VERDI: La Forza del Destino Overture
    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1
    PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.5

    January 30, 2019

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    New York, NY

    MOZART: Symphony No.1
    HAYDN: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob.XVIII: 11
    STRAVINSKY: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
    MOZART: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

    January 31, 2019

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    New York, NY

    MOZART: Symphony No.1
    HAYDN: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob.XVIII: 11
    STRAVINSKY: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
    MOZART: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

    February 1, 2019

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    New York, NY

    MOZART: Symphony No.1
    HAYDN: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob.XVIII: 11
    STRAVINSKY: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
    MOZART: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

    February 2, 2019

    New York Philharmonic

    David Geffen Hall

    New York, NY

    MOZART: Symphony No.1
    HAYDN: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob.XVIII: 11
    STRAVINSKY: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
    MOZART: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

NY Philharmonic

Artist-in-Residence: Emanuel Ax 2012/13.
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Brahms: Music For 2 Pianos
Haydn: Piano Sonatas
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios
Strauss: Enoch Arden

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Extract from masterclass given by Emanuel Ax on Beethoven Piano Sonatas and Variations. The student is Nicolas Van Poucke. The full masterclass is available on DVD from www.masterclassfoundation.org

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