Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos

Thu, May 3, 2018, 7 PM
Part of the series TŌN at Carnegie Hall

at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
in NYC

  • Conducted by Leon Botstein
    music director of The Orchestra Now and the American Symphony Orchestra
  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun Symphony No. 4
    László Lajtha Symphony No. 7, Revolution
    Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra
  • with Peter Serkin, piano
    Grammy Award winner
    and Anna Polonsky, piano
    winner of the 2011 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award

MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Symphony No. 4
“This symphony is full of dark, colorful textures. Sink into this big sound and enjoy it!” –Adina Mu-Ying Tsai, violin

László Lajtha Symphony No. 7, Revolution
“I think of Lajtha’s music as angularly romantic. This symphony has colorfully impassioned lines that are often surrounded by harsh motives, similar to what you’d find in a film score.” –Matthew Ross, flute

Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra
“I’m ecstatic to perform this with TŌN. I’ve always loved this piece—it’s exciting, virtuosic, full of energy, and visually stimulating. Even if you’re not familiar with it, you’ll love watching the performance.” –William Kaufman, percussion

TIMINGS & CONCERT ORDER

Brief remarks by TŌN musician Milad Daniari

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Symphony No. 4
24 min

Brief remarks by TŌN musician Drew Youmans

László Lajtha Symphony No. 7, Revolution
31 min

Intermission
20 min

Brief remarks by TŌN musician Jinn Shin

Béla Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra
Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky, piano
27 min

All timings are approximate.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic codirector of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975.
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PETER SERKIN, piano
The American pianist Peter Serkin’s musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras and is a dedicated chamber musician.
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ANNA POLONSKY, piano
Concerts at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls; toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia; frequent guest at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; solo recital, Emerson Quartet’s inaugural Perspectives Series, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, 2007
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Sample the Music

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Symphony No. 4

László Lajtha Symphony No. 7, Revolution

Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra

Peter Serkin photo by Sarah Kenyon, Studio Route 7

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