Emanuel Ax © Lisa Marie Mazzucco
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Our season-long musical exploration of heros and heroines culminates in a grande finale concert, featuring two world-famous soloists and two epic works. Seven-time Grammy Award winning pianist Emanuel Ax brings majesty and melancholy to Beethoven’s most famous piano concerto, in a performance hailed by critics as “pure magic.” Topping off the evening, our concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki takes on the ‘voice of the hero,’ with his virtuosic solo violin in the NAC’s first-ever performance of Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life. A triumphant end to a tremendous season!

Concert made possible in part through the Friends of the NAC Orchestra Kilpatrick Fund.

video: Emanuel Ax and Beethoven
Emanuel Ax and Beethoven
Emanuel Ax © Lisa Marie Mazzucco
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