Janina’s Chopin and Beethoven’s Fifth

Bernhard Gueller

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Performance dates
Bernhard Gueller, conductor
Janina Fialkowska, piano
On the program

Dinuk Wijeratne: Polyphonic Lively
Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 1
Beethoven: Symphony no 5

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Please note: the regular evening performance is sold out; the 10 am performance is an open dress rehearsal.

Symphony Nova Scotia launches its classical season with two of the greatest works ever written – and a homegrown world premiere. Hear a brand-new composition from Nova Scotia’s own Dinuk Wijeratne, followed by “born Chopin interpreter” Janina Fialkowska with the glorious melodies of Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1. Then, for the grand finale, we perform the one, the only, the almighty Beethoven’s Fifth – a thundering journey from tragedy to triumph, and arguably the single most famous piece of classical music in the world.

Listen to Janina Fialkowska perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1!

About the Music

The “da-da-da-DUM” that opens Beethoven’s Fifth is one of the most famous musical themes of all time. According to Beethoven’s biographer, it represents “fate knocking at the door.” Another theory is that Beethoven took the idea from the song of a bird.

"Fialkowska’s own effortless mastery, her breathtaking naturalness, puts you directly in touch with Chopin’s magical evocation of image and emotion."

The Chronicle Herald, 2010

Pre-concert chat

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Post-Concert Q&A

Join us for a FREE post-concert Q&A immediately after the concert in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

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