Sandy Huang, piano
Gustav Holst – A Somerset Rhapsody
Georges Bizet – Carmen: Selections from Suites Nos. 1 and 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73, “Emperor”
The popularity of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, while certainly well-deserved, has tended to obscure his many other fine compositions. The haunting Somerset Rhapsody will be a haunting and atmospheric introduction to a program which then turns to a suite drawn from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, surely one of the half-dozen most beloved operas of all time. The mightiest and most extrovert of Beethoven’s concertos, the Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), features the winner of the symphony’s annual Youth Concerto Competition, the highly accomplished Ms. Sandy Huang.
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