Ruth Reinhardt, “an elegant, versatile and committed conductor in the search for expressive colors” (Scherzo), helms this program, which includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 —too often overlooked, this turbulent music turns storms to sunlight. The winds sparkle in Hindemith’s enduring Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; this music was originally sketched as a ballet, and its four distinctive movements maintain a catchy sense of choreography. (Weber gets a chance to speak for himself at the top of the program, through the Overture to his fantastical opera Oberon.) Beethoven’s expressive Third Piano Concerto ranks as some of his finest music; Alessio Bax, whom Gramophone considers to be “clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public,” opens with this gem.


The MSO Steinway piano was made possible through a generous gift from Michael & Jeanne Schmitz