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Brahms & Ives

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March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
March 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Alexander Schimpf, piano

Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major
Ives – Symphony No. 2

Alexander Schimpf’s incredible technique and emotional depth show no limit in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Charles Ives, who was known for breaking musical boundaries stays within the classical music limits in his Symphony No 2 … mostly.

“I was in Cleveland at the time and listening to the radio broadcast of the final round of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. I was shocked at how well this person was playing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto and knew I wanted to work with this person. This extraordinary player happened to be Alexander Schimpf and we have the opportunity to hear him perform in Elgin again.

When people hear the name Johannes Brahms they think of beauty and softness; they think of harmony. When people hear the name Charles Ives they think of crazy noise … but this concert will change your mind about that! In this Ives Symphony No. 2, he took the same symphonic ideas of Brahms and used American popular tunes such as Turkey in the Straw, Camptown Races and America the Beautiful and he wove them together to create a Brahms-style symphony.

Coincidentally, this Ives Symphony was begun the same year that Brahms died. A lot of people tend to think of Charles Ives as being some avant garde new person, when in actuality he had a very close connection to the composers we know and love.”

– Andrew Grams, Music Director

“Musically Speaking” pre-concert discussion will take place one hour prior to each performance.

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