TEST Bravo for #Beethoven250

Adam Golka performs for the composer’s 250th birthday

Online and on Walnut Creek TV

60 minutes

What’s Interesting About This Concert

This is the first of four FREE virtual concerts in fall 2020, spotlighting fresh performances by featured soloists and California Symphony ensembles. Join 30 minutes ahead of the concert at 6:30 pm PST to hear Maestro Cabrera in conversation with guest artist Adam Golka.

  • This all-Beethoven program with Beethoven specialist Adam Golka celebrates the composer’s 250th birthday, pairing one of Beethoven’s last piano sonatas (#30) with one of his most technically challenging, Waldstein (#21).
  • Before Beethoven, sonatas used to be trivial pieces played in salons and small performance. His 32 sonatas became the first major piano-only cycle worthy of being performed on a concert stage.
  • This is Adam Golka’s second appearance with the California Symphony. He played Grieg’s piano concerto with the orchestra in 2015, and he returns to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) in the newly rescheduled 2021-22 California Symphony season opener.

This concert is made possible by California Symphony donors, with additional support from a CARES Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The Program

BeethovenSonata No. 30, Opus 109

BeethovenSonata No. 21, Opus 53 (Waldstein)

Featured Artists

Music Director, Donato Cabrera

Adam Golka, piano

Show Sponsors

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