April 22, 2022 — 7:30 PM
Capitol Theater
Madison, Wisconsin
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Repertoire

JANÁČEK | Suite for Strings
CHERUBINI | Symphony in D major
BEETHOVEN | Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES

Masterworks IV | Director's Notes

John O’Conor’s gift for Beethoven never disappoints. Loved by our orchestra and audience alike, O’Conor is a statesman and musical icon. 

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor is gargantuan, so named for its grandeur and highly sophisticated form. This is Beethoven at his most intense, personal, and sublime. So much so that in this capacity we are treating it as the main course or the steak, putting it in the second half, more like a symphony, with Janáček and Cherubini as appetizers and a salad.

Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Suite for Strings (1877) was inspired by his friendship with Dvořák. A work in six movements, it joins a growing list of forgotten yet brilliant string compositions performed by the WCO in recent years.

Luigi Cherubini’s Symphony in D was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Society in 1815. A composer mainly of operas, he was well respected in Paris and other world capitals and was in the employment of Napoleon while in Vienna. Cherubini’s symphonic literature reveals much more about this often overlooked composer.

"John O'Conor must be ranked high indeed... this was exquisite playing – lucid, poised and cool; he gave himself to the expression of this graceful music. This was a memorable concert."
– New York Times
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Repertoire

JANÁČEK | Suite for Strings
CHERUBINI | Symphony in D major
BEETHOVEN | Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES

What to Expect

Pre-Concert Event
Pre-Concert Event

Cocktails, appetizers, and discussion with Maestro and our guest artist. To reserve your spot, call 608.257.0638.

COVID-19 Safety
COVID-19 Safety

We may require proof of vaccination and masks while in the theater. Please check here for updates.

Cocktails
Cocktails

Libations are available at the cocktail bars within the Capitol Theater lobby.

What to Wear
What to Wear

Masterworks is a delightful sense of occasion, so dress up or dress comfortably. Learn more about the concert experience.

Getting Here
Getting Here

Map, directions, and parking information to help you plan your evening.