The Symphony | Liszt, Grieg & Brahms


Sunday, January 21, 2018 4:00PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Symphony | Liszt, Grieg & Brahms







Don’t forget to put this date on your new calendar! The Symphony starts off the new year with Liszt’s Les Préludes, the first “symphonic poem” ever to be published under that description, which depicts themes as universal as “love” and “victory.” The programmatic theatricality continues with Grieg’s first Peer Gynt suite, music composed to accompany Ibsen’s masterwork play, combining Norwegian folklore and traditional music with the yearning harmonies of Scandinavian Romanticism. Finally, Brahms’s shortest symphony, his No. 3, encapsulates Brahms’s motto “Free but happy” with an intricately crafted work one critic called Brahms’s “artistically the most nearly perfect” composition.


LISZT Les préludes, symphonic poem

GRIEG Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3