LIMA – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Lima Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center. Buy tickets now.
Our passionate Tides of Change concert will begin with Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Hebrides Overture, an undulating piece evoking the mysteries of the sea.
The highlight of the evening, however, will be two early works by Beethoven, his Symphony No. 1 and his Piano Concerto No. 3, both dating from 1880. Although profoundly influenced by his teacher Joseph Haydn and the inspiration of Mozart, Beethoven was already breaking the rules with his First Symphony. Beethoven’s reviewers complained the music was filled with the “outrageous effrontery of a young man,” which, while shocking to late 19th Century audiences, is exactly what modern listeners love most about Beethoven. This music is full of Beethoven’s self-assured brilliance and a dramatic hint at the revolution to come.
South African piano soloist Anton Nel will join our orchestra for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. Described by the Wall Street Journal as playing with “the kind of virtuosity that used to make audiences swoon,” Nel will bring his own unmistakable voice to this elegant composition.
Anton Nel, piano soloist
Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies to name a few, as well as coast-to-coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared, among many others, at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and undertakes regular tours to South Africa. Much sought after as a chamber musician, he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents.
He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin where he also heads the Division of Keyboard Studies; he is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. During the summers, he teaches at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.
The Johannesburg-born Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis, and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock.