Chopin and Shostakovich

Marcelo Lehninger, music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, joins your BPO for an homage to master composers across the ages. Beethoven’s powerful and dramatic Egmont Overture is a bombastic concert opener. Frédéric Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto is an expressive and technically mesmerizing poem for keyboard, performed by our guest conductor’s mother, the extraordinary Sonia Goulart. Finally, Shostakovich’s First Symphony is one of 15 he would compose over his long career, yet even in this early work, his characteristic sense of humor and intensity of expression shine.