this saturday, sunday, and monday, guest conductor emmanuel villaume leads the oregon symphony in their first classical concert of twenty-eleven (finally!), kicking things off with a dramatic overture by carl maria von weber, a contemporary work by marc-andré dalbavie (who is alive and well and living near paris), and johannes brahms’ massive second piano concerto featuring keyboard extraordinaire emanuel ax.
why go? so when was the last time you got to hear a 21st-century spectralist composition performed live? yeah, that’s what i thought. oh, and let me tell you something about emanuel ax by way of telling you something about yo-yo ma. i went on mr. ma’s website last night to do a bit of research. by my calculations, he has recorded 11 classical albums over the last 30 years that feature him playing duets or trios with a piano… emanuel ax is the pianist on all 11 albums. if he’s good enough for yo-yo, he’s good enough for you, yo.