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Conrad Tao plays Brahms

  • Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC, 29401 (map)

Conrad Tao returns to Charleston after an astounding performance with the CSO in 2018. The former child prodigy is among the greatest living piano players in the world, and has begun to establish himself as a respected composer. Last year, the New York Philharmonic commissioned and opened their season with Tao’s original composition, Everything Must Go. The performance was lauded by The New York Timesas “One of the best classical music performances of 2018.” And if that’s not enough, Tao has managed to accomplish all of this by the tender age of 24.

Tao returns to play Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, written when the composer was about Tao’s age. Brahms drafted this concerto during a period of great turmoil in his life, attempting it first as a symphony then as a sonata for two pianos before finally settling on a concerto. At the time, Brahms’ mentor, Robert Schumann, had recently been institutionalized after throwing himself into the Rhine River. Brahms acted as a source of support for his friend’s distraught wife, Clara Schumann. Some say a romance may have bloomed between Clara and Johannes, although we’ll never know for sure. One thing we do know for sure: we cannot wait to hear Conrad Tao play Brahms’ dynamic and introspective piano concerto next year.

PROGRAM

JOHANN STRAUSS, JR.

Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring, Waltz for Orchestra)

ROBERT SCHUMANN

Symphony No. 1

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Piano Concerto No. 1

ARTISTS

Conrad Tao, Piano

Ken Lam, Conductor

Earlier Event: January 12
Ceremony of Carols
Later Event: February 8
Conrad Tao plays Brahms