ProMusica Makes Memorable Music with Pianist Jeremy Denk

Pianist Jeremy Denk joined the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto.(Photo: Courtesy Photo)
Pianist Jeremy Denk joined the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto.(Photo: Courtesy Photo)

When musicians take music you’ve heard a thousand times and help you discover something new about it, it’s a special moment.

There were many of those in this weekend’s ProMusica performance, culminating in pianist Jeremy Denk’s unaffected, but extremely effective, performance of Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto.

His performance of the Beethoven held the audience transfixed, and after three curtain calls, Denk sat back at the keyboard and (like the perfect dessert) played the Alcotts movement from the 2nd Sonata by Charles Ives.

The references Ives made to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony brought chuckles from the audience, and the entire evening sent all of us home feeling a little better about the world in which we live.

Lest you think ProMusica played only one work last weekend, think again.  In true ProMusica fashion, much musical ground was covered. Copland’s Hoedown got things off to a rousing start and Wagner’s lush, romantic Siegfried Idyll followed.

The first half was capped by Hestia’s Fire, a newly commissioned work by Evan Chambers, written with Principal flutist Katie DeJongh in mind. It’s a work that I look forward to hearing again.

This was ProMusica’s regular-season finale, but you should put Friday, May 6th on your calendar, as you won’t want to miss an exciting evening with pianist Gabriela Montero and ProMusica.

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