March 11th - 8pm
Daniel Meyer conductor
Emanuel Ax piano
Sari Gruber soprano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.
World-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in a very special evening of two composer-titans, Beethoven and Mahler. As a pianist of the highest order in virtuosity and musicianship, Emanuel Ax is considered one of the most important interpreters of Beethoven in our generation. He will take on Concerto No. 5, the ‘Emperor,’ in his contribution to our Beethoven 4/4 celebration and also donate a week of his time to the Erie community in special appearances and performances. The concert will conclude with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a beautiful, imaginative journey inspired by nature and firmly planted in song. The symphony’s final movement features a touching appearance of soprano Sari Gruber, singing a description of heaven from a child’s perspective.