American pianist William Wolfram demonstrated his versatile piano technique with the Phoenix Symphony this past Saturday evening. This internationally acclaimed soloist played the Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 15 by Johannes Brahms.The complicated and captivating concerto is divided into three movements. In the Adagio, the second movement, the bassoons introduced the theme. Our seats allowed for perfect viewing of Wolfram’s hands, and observing some of his nervous habits.

Interestingly, Music Director Laureate Michael Christie returned to Phoenix for this concert. The first selection for the evening was Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Opus 21.This piece is divided into four movements and gives prominence to the wind instruments. Another enjoyable evening with the Phoenix Symphony.

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