BOULDER, Colo. Apr. 4, 2024 — Boulder Symphony’s last masterworks concert of the 2023-2024 season is on Apr. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Commons, 1820 15th St.

The concert will open with “Lullaby” for String Orchestra by American composer George Gershwin. The piece was originally written for piano and later scored for string quartet.

Next, Steinway Artist Lorraine Min will perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Having studied at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and received her masters and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School, she has performed extensively worldwide. The New York Times has stated that her “phrase-shaping [is] impeccable” and she has a “crystalline sound.”

In anticipation of this concert, Min commented:

“The one and only Piano Concerto by Edvard Grieg is a shining gem in all of piano literature. It encapsulates every possible emotion of the romantic era and beyond—passion, heartfelt expression, poignant and singable melodies, virtuosic bravura, as well as visions of Grieg’s homeland of Norway. It is one of my favorite piano concertos, and I am thrilled to be performing it with Maestro Hughes and Boulder Symphony.”

Closing the program is Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3. Known for its heroic nature, this symphony is dramatic and revolutionary, marking the transition from the Classical to the Romantic period.

Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor and music director of the Boulder Symphony, said:

“Beethoven’s Third Symphony was revolutionary for 1803. The changes in rhythm alone drove the musicians and audience insane, and composers for the next 200 years and beyond continue to be influenced by Beethoven’s daring innovations and demeanor.

“The composer had a love–hate relationship with Napoleon Bonaparte; this symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon, but when he declared himself emperor, Beethoven flew into a rage, tore up the score, and said, ‘so he’s just a rascal like all the others.’ This rip in the original manuscript lives with us to this day.

“Lorraine Min is a breathtaking, versatile, and inspirational artist and virtuoso. It’s an honor to host her as she makes her Boulder debut with the Grieg Piano Concerto, one of my favorite concertos that always brings the audience to its feet.”

Boulder Symphony & Music Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the highest quality classical music to the Boulder area. This concert is sure to be a highlight of the season and a great wrap to Boulder Symphony’s 2023-2024 season.

Tickets for the concert are available now and can be purchased online here. Prices range from $5-25.Boulder Symphony & Music Academy thanks the J. Midyette family for sponsoring this concert, Eugene Belz for underwriting Lorraine Min, and Classic Pianos Denver for donating the piano for our amazing soloist.