LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 73, "Emperor"
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Each laboring against demons both personal and political, Beethoven and Shostakovich represent an apex of musical construction and a testament to the potential of mankind. The program begins with Beethoven’s last completed concerto, dubbed “Emperor”, performed by Valley favorite pianist Stewart Goodyear. Shostakovich’s immensely successful fifth symphony finishes the program, perfectly threading the needle of managing the approval of Soviet authorities and expressing the suffering of the Russian people.