Masterwork Series

Beethoven by the Rivers

April 14-16, 2023

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


Smetana Vltava (The Moldau)
Xinghai Yellow River Piano Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastorale”


Carolyn Kuan conductor
Jie Chen, piano


Inspired by the German countryside and the composer’s love of nature, Beethoven’s “Pastorale” will leave you with a feeling of contentment. A beloved piece in the international orchestral repertoire, Bedrich Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau) is an ode to Smetana’s homeland and the longest river in Bohemia, the Vltava River (Moldau in German). The piece brings you through the calmness of the river, through the exciting rapids, and the sounds of life on the river’s banks. Pianist Jie Chen joins the HSO for the Yellow River Piano Concerto. Using traditional Chinese folk melodies, Yellow River is meant to represent the determination of the Chinese people.

*Please note: face masks are required to enter the Belding Theater for our Sunday matinee Masterworks concerts*


Check out the National Symphony Orchestra performing Smetana’s The Moldau


Attend the FREE pre-concert talk with Maestro Kuan or special guest one hour before the concert!

Bring your smartphone to access our digital Playbill- don’t forget to silence it!

Grab a drink or bite from one of our convenient bar/café locations, and feel free to bring to your seat.

Applaud when you like what you hear – don’t worry about the “right” time!

Wear what you want – be comfortable.