Xian Zhang, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
An audacious NJSO debut: One of the most acclaimed pianists today, artist-in-residence Louis Lortie, performs all five Beethoven piano concertos across two programs in a can’t-miss weekend.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
When Beethoven moved from his small-town home to the big city of Vienna, he used this music to impress the Viennese with his once-in-a-lifetime virtuosity at the piano.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
You know Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. His Third Piano Concerto has the same drama and impact, and it is a thrill to witness as it unfolds through a great pianist’s hands.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
The opening is Beethoven magic: a hushed piano solo brings you to the edge of your seat for what becomes his most joyous concerto.