Nov. 17-18: Pianist Joyce Yang, a frequent Milwaukee Symphony guest soloist, plays Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”). Under acclaimed guest conductor Michael Francis, the concert also includes Johannes Brahms’s mighty Symphony No. 1.
Bernstein’s breathtaking Second Symphony captures the anxiety of its era in music, that veers between symphony and concerto. Inspired by W.H. Auden’s long poem of the same name, “The Age of Anxiety” was premiered in 1949 with Bernstein playing the piano. But it was first recorded in 1950 with Bernstein conducting and his friend (and future Milwaukee Symphony music director) Lukas Foss at the keyboard.
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