Beethoven’s Emperor

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Drew Petersen, piano

Beethoven’s Emperor

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this epic afternoon celebrating master symphonist Ludwig van Beethoven. For this highly anticipated concert, we are honored to bring back piano virtuoso Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship; Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis, and 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor



Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op.36


Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op.73, “Emperor”

Drew Petersen, Piano


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Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 / 4:00 pm


Sunday, Oct 10, 2021
4:00 pm
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Of Note

At the time he wrote the “Emperor,” Beethoven was 38 and his hearing was deteriorating rapidly. It had become so weak that he knew he could not give the first performance—this is the only one of his piano concertos for which he did not play the premiere. That premiere had to wait two years after the concerto’s completion: It took place in Leipzig on November 28, 1811, with Friedrich Schuster as soloist.

Historians have been unanimous in finding Beethoven’s first two symphonies conservative, but to contemporary listeners the Second Symphony sounded audacious enough. After the premiere in Vienna on April 5, 1803, a reviewer complained that “the first symphony is better than the [second] because it is developed with a lightness and is less forced, while in the second the striving for the new and surprising is already more apparent.”

Drew Petersen, piano

Notably a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and the top prizewinner at the 2017 American Pianists Awards of the American Pianists Association, Drew Petersen was also a prizewinner in the Leeds International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition and the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, among others. He was acknowledged as a “Rising Star” by BBC Music Magazine.

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Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor

One of the most versatile and respected musical artists of his generation—renowned as conductor, violinist, violist and concertmaster—Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. He also serves as the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado and the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida, and is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque.

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Program Notes

In the summer of 1802, Beethoven finally had to face the dark truth that his hearing was failing, that there was no hope, and that he would eventually go deaf.…

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