The GSO Opens its 2017-2018 Concert Season with “Beethoven the Great” September 23 & 24, 2017

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August 31, 2017

All Beethoven program features the return of Pianist Dmitri Levkovich and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, will launch its 2017-2018 Masterworks Series with “Beethoven the Great,” featuring returning guest pianist Dmitri Levkovich in two concerts: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Peace Concert Hall at The Peace Center.

The concert will begin with Beethoven’s overture to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Egmont.  Though he wrote the incidental music for the entire play, Beethoven’s most celebrated achievement in the suite is this overture, often celebrated for its “tough, lucid” qualities that showcase both his intense musicality and virtuosic technical demands of the orchestra.

The orchestra will then accompany the masterful Dmitri Levkovich on Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, op. 73 in E-flat major.  Called the “Emperor” concerto, this piece opens with the combined forces of the orchestra and the soloist to create a more extroverted, “symphonic” sound than many of Beethoven’s earlier concertos.  Beethoven penned this work during the French occupation of Austria, infusing the piece with his own experience of wartime trauma.  Though the modern concert piano would not be invented for over a decade, this concerto fits admirably on this virtuosic intstrument, creating a sound truly ahead of its time.

Winner of seventeen international piano competitions, pianist and composer Dmitri Levkovich is a rapidly rising star in the orchestra world.  Mr. Levkovich’s performances have taken him to every continent except Africa.  He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals including the International Piano Festival at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts.  He has collaborated with conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Jahja Ling and George Pehlivanian and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, among them the Cleveland Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the China National Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Portugal.  Many of his performances have been broadcast on television and radio.

The GSO will close its season premiere with Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5, op. 67 in C minor.  Heralded as one of the great champions of Classical motivic development, this symphony presents one of the most recognizable themes of the genre, transforming it throughout each of its four movements.  It culminates in the triumphant and transcendent fourth movement, resolving the brooding conflict layered within the piece and inevitably evoking the same triumphant feelings within the audience.

Tickets to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s “Beethoven the Great” concert range from $18 to $75.  For ticket information, contact the Peace Center box office at (864) 467-3000 or toll-free at (800) 888-7768 and online at peacecenter.org.  For more information about the concert, visit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra website at greenvillesymphony.org.

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