Beethoven and Ravel

Beethoven and Ravel

Beethoven and Ravel

Friday, January 20, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017

Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Beethoven Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, “The Great C Major”

Joel Smirnoff conductor
Gilles Vonsattel piano

Celebrate the new year with the HSO! Come hear why a German critic described Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge as “incomprehensible, like Chinese” and “a confusion of Babel.” Today, the work is considered one of the composer’s greatest achievements! Ravel’s exuberant and soulful Piano Concerto in G Major was influenced by jazz, which he called “a very rich and vital source of inspiration.” Like Brahms’ final symphony, Franz Schubert’s thrilling magnum opus, Symphony No. 9, “The Great C Major,” pays tribute to Beethoven’s Ninth and is an extraordinarily complicated piece for its time period.

A message from guest pianist Gilles Vonsattel:

Please join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain each day.


Need to make dinner plans? Take advantage of Max’s January Dinners, taking place in The Bushnell’s Great Hall prior to Friday and Saturday evening concerts!

January  20 or 21, 2017

You’re coming to see Beethoven and Ravel! Come a little earlier and enjoy a special dinner artistically prepared by Max Catering!

  • avoid the traffic rush – convenient, free parking across from the theater
  • available prior to the Friday, January 20 OR Saturday, January 21 evening concert
  • intimate tables set for up to 2 or up to 4 people
  • HURRY! Reservations MUST be made by noon on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Max’s January Dinner Menu

Dinner tickets are $60.00 per person, includes gratuity (please note: NEITHER beverages NOR show ticket are included in this price.)

    • Course 1 – Choice of:
      • Squash and Apple Bisque | Crème Fraiche | Candied Pecans | Maple
        Max’s Chopped Salad | Gorgonzola | Sherry Vinagrette
        Baltimore Shrimp | Old Bay | Grain Mustard Aioli
    • Course 2 – Choice of:
      • Roasted Sliced Sirloin of Beef | Heirloom Carrots | Pomme Puree | Thyme Jus
        Winter Vegetable Lasagna | Roasted Tomato Butter Sauce
        Brick Pressed Half Chicken | Sweet Potato Hash | Shaved Brussels Sprouts | Wild Mushroom Demi
    • Course 3
        Viennese Table and Coffee

To purchase tickets to any of these dinners, you will have an option to add them when you purchase tickets to the show. 
Please choose your seat preference 2-person table (2TABLE) or a 4-person table (4TABLE) when you make your selection. SPECIAL NOTE: show tickets are sold separately.

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The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!

Curious about what you will be hearing on the concert program, or want to hear more? Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers the following recommendations for recordings of selections featured on our upcoming Masterworks Concert:

Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge receives a classic performance from Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI/WARNER).

Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G is superlatively well performed and recorded in a brilliant version of both of Ravel’s piano concertos with Krystian Zimerman with Pierre Boulez conducting, and the engineers have provided a crystalline and detailed recording (DG).

Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (“Great”) is compellingly conducted in echt Viennese style by George Solti and the Vienna Phiharmonic in beautiful sound (DECCA). Although Solti is more often associated with works that call for lots of animal energy, here he relaxes in the most ingratiating way and is rewarded with sublime playing from the orchestra.


Masterworks #4: Beethoven & Ravel January 20-22, 2017


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