Come hear Juan Pérez Floristán – First Prize winner of the prestigious Santander Piano Competition in 2015 – perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Monterey Symphony! Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (‘Italian’) will also be featured. Mendelssohn wrote in a letter from Rome to his sister, Fanny, that he thought Symphony No. 4 was the “jolliest” he had ever composed, inspired by the rich countryside and culture of Italy as he toured there from 1829-31. Johannes Brahms waited twenty-two years before writing his second piano concerto following his first, and it was worth the wait. Brahms himself premiered Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1881, which only furthered his reputation as a great composer and a great pianist, and it has been an audience pleaser since. Don’t miss this chance to hear Brahms’ stormy concerto and Mendelssohn’s delightful symphony in this compelling Monterey Symphony concert.
Join us one hour prior to every performance for our pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra.