with 2017 Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu
Pre-concert Talk: 6:30pm
Tickets: $10 - $40 (plus applicable fees)
Who better to ponder the meaning of life than French poets and philosophers? The Symphony kicks off the season with Bernstein's rousing and wild Candide Overture from his opera based on Voltaire's comic philosophical novel, in which the author ponders if we are living in "the best of all possible worlds". Liszt's Les Préludes is inspired by French poet Alphonse de Lamartine's question, "What is life but a series of preludes to that unknown hymn whose first solemn note is intoned by death?" Rounding out the evening of big ideas, the orchestra is joined by the 2017 Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu on Rachmaninoff's enormous and virtuosic Third Piano Concerto.