Overview
Jonathan Biss, piano and director
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor


Program A (Feb 9)
BEETHOVENPiano Concerto No. 2
TIMO ANDRESThe Blind Banister (West Coast Premiere)
MENDELSSOHNSymphony No. 4, Italian

Program B (Feb 10)
HAYDNSymphony No. 49, The Passion
SALVATORE SCIARRINOIl sogno di Stradella (The Dream of Stradella) for Piano and Orchestra (West Coast Premiere)
IVESThe Unanswered Question
(1908; rev. 1930–35)

BEETHOVENPiano Concerto No. 4

Program C (Feb 11)
RAVELLe tombeau de Couperin
GEORGE TSONTAKISO Mikros, O Megas
(This Tiny World, This Enormous World)

(West Coast Premiere)

BEETHOVENPiano Concerto No. 5, Emperor


The remarkable Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra returns with acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss (who will also direct some works from the keyboard) with new music from its ambitious Beethoven/5 collaboration—a multi-year project to commission new concertos from five composers, each inspired by one of Beethoven's masterworks. Biss and the orchestra perform West Coast premieres of piano concertos by Timo Andres (his Pulitzer-nominated The Blind Banister) and Salvatore Sciarrino, each paired with its companion Beethoven concerto. Also in its West Coast premiere, the SPCO performs George Tsontakis' wistful, elegant O Mikros, O Megas. Beethoven's towering Emperor Concerto provides a rousing finale to the orchestra's weekend residency.

The running time on Friday is expected to be approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission.

The running time on Saturday is expected to be approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including intermission.

The running time on Sunday is expected to be approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission.



Public Events


Master Classes
Thu, Feb 8, 2018
3pm (piano)
4:30pm (violin)
125 Morrison Hall

With pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Kyu-Young Kim. Master classes in violin, piano, and small ensemble. Repertoire to be announced.

Free and open to the public for observation.

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Pre-performance Talk
Sat, Feb 10, 2018, 7pm
Zellerbach Hall

A conversation with Matías Tarnopolsky, Cal Performances' executive and artistic director, and Prof. Nicholas Mathew, UC Berkeley Dept. of Music.

Free to ticket holders.

Program Notes


Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for the Feb 9 & 11 performances due to a Cal Women's basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

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