A jazz pianist performing a Beethoven concerto might sound unheard of, but I am used to these reactions from the public by now. That is what fuels my musical adventures around the world: diversity and the ability to switch between genres and styles. Combining Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto and his fifth symphony in one programme made me think of the jazz standard TAKE FIVE written by Paul Desmond and made popular by Dave Brubeck. That is why we decided to name this concert TAKE 5 BEETHOVEN!
I am excited to play the Beethoven Emperor concerto in one of my favourite venues in SA: The University of Pretoria’s Musaion Concert Hall. This hall has special memories for me and I recently travelled to Steinway & Sons in Hamburg to choose a new concert grand piano for the hall. Back to the music: The last of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra the Emperor combines his futuristic grasp of the Romantic Period that followed with the genius of melodic and motivic development which surpassed his counterparts during Classic Period. To perform this work is part of any pianist’s dream and remains a big responsibility and an insightful journey.
I have performed with the PSO on one previous occasion in 2012 with Beethoven’s third concerto in c-minor and look forward to working with these dedicated musicians who play for the love music and make it possible for Pretoria audiences to experience live symphonic sounds. Maestro Gerben Grooten will be on the podium and lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 and Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture.
Bookings for this concert will open early in September at Computicket and the performances are as follows:
Saturday 16 Nov at 20:00
Sunday 17 November at 15:00
Ticket prices range from R100 to R140 per person.