Beethoven's Fifth might be the most famous symphony in the world. Its deceptively simple four-note opening was once compared to fate knocking at the door by the composer himself. Those famous first four notes will blow the door off Symphony Hall as the Orchestra launches its 77th Season.
There's no one better to lead this magical opening night than Maestro Robert Spano in his new role as Music Director Laureate, joined by ASO audience favorite Garrick Ohlsson, Spano conducts another fifth from Beethoven — his Fifth Piano Concerto.
Dubbed "Emperor" by one of his publishers, Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto is indeed worthy of the majestic title and is all the things you would expect from Beethoven — magnificent flourishes with smashing chords, and regal bearing from one of the all-time greatest composers.