Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Bartók Dance Suite
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"
Dvořák Symphony No. 7
Master pianist Emanuel Ax—one of the most renowned artists of our time and a long-time collaborator with NWS—returns for an extraordinary evening at the Arsht Center. Beethoven’s grandiose concerto would be his last, but is overflowing with majestic moments, including its utterly sublime second movement. Bartók’s rollicking dances with their gushing, nationalistic energy prove a fitting introduction to Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony. Said to be his finest, it bursts of Czech spirit with brooding political and emotional strife deeply felt in each phrase, giving voice to his hope that it would “move the world.” Leading the incredible evening is celebrated Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year.