Emmanuel Ax

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Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms

FOCUS: Clara, Robert, Johannes

2023-09-13 20:00 2023-09-13 23:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/33720

In-person event

Join us for a free pre-concert talk at Peter Herrndorf Place in the NAC, featuring Alexander Shelley and musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley. For ticketholders, this concert will also be followed by a post-concert chat, onstage at Southam Hall, featuring Emanuel Ax and Alexander Shelley in conversation with journalist Paul Wells. *** Our season-opening festival FOCUS: Clara, Robert, Johannes​ celebrates the abiding friendship between Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms...

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Southam Hall,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
8 PM EDT
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Emmanuel Ax
Music Classical music Masterworks Vocal Piano Festival events
  • CLARA SCHUMANN Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen
  • ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38, “Spring”
  • JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • In-person event

Join us for a free pre-concert talk at Peter Herrndorf Place in the NAC, featuring Alexander Shelley and musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley.

For ticketholders, this concert will also be followed by a post-concert chat, onstage at Southam Hall, featuring Emanuel Ax and Alexander Shelley in conversation with journalist Paul Wells.

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Our season-opening festival FOCUS: Clara, Robert, Johannes​ celebrates the abiding friendship between Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms who encouraged and inspired each other through lives of prolific creativity, troubling uncertainty, and perhaps even unrequited love.

Johannes Brahms came into Clara and Robert’s lives as an aspiring composer, and the couple’s recognition of Brahms’s genius made Johannes a sensation almost overnight. Brahms began work on his Piano Concerto No. 1 when Robert Schumann suffered a breakdown from which he never recovered, less than a year into their friendship. Renowned American pianist Emanuel Ax finds the beauty in tragedy and in the growing connection between Johannes and Clara in his masterful performance of Brahms’s first piano concerto.

Clara Wieck Schumann was a wildly successful concert pianist and an accomplished composer, particularly in the Lied (art song) repertoire. She composed and gave three Lieder to Robert on their first Christmas together as newlyweds.

Like many young men, Robert Schumann spent several years finding his way—studying law, struggling to be a concert pianist, and even dabbling in novel writing. When he turned to music composition, Clara’s tireless championing of her husband’s music transformed his initially unsuccessful musical reputation. The premiere of Robert’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” was conducted by their friend Felix Mendelssohn.

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Artists

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    conductor Alexander Shelley
  • emanuel-ax
    piano Emanuel Ax
  • Mezzo-Soprano Alex Hetherington
  • piano Liz Upchurch
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    Featuring NAC Orchestra