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Kansas City Symphony - Beethoven's Seventh and Grieg's Piano Concerto

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October 5 - 7, 2018

There are no histrionics, no gurning, no gazing into the middle distance for poetic effect. Instead, the Chinese-American, silver medalist in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, quietly gets on with it and lets his pianism do the talking.

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Rising Young Piano Superstar George Li Performs Grieg

Conductor and music director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony welcomes young Chinese American piano virtuoso George Li for a stirring program of Michael Kurth, Grieg and Beethoven. Kurth's witty and imaginative 'A Thousand Words' kicks off the evening with its commencing aural painting of a slow, shimmering sunrise, complex Latin-tinged rhythmic patterns and joyful lyricism.

Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Li will then join proceedings for Grieg's Piano Concerto, displaying his dynamic key touch, dazzling intuition, advanced emotional depth and polished pianism during its firework-like melodic passages and anthemic outer movements. The evening concludes with Beethoven's instantly recognisable Seventh Symphony, a towering four-movement work filled with rich orchestral color and gravitas that climaxes in an unrestrained and frenzied outburst of joy. It may be familiar thanks to its generous use in film and TV, particularly as part of the soundtrack to Colin Firth-led feature film The King's Speech.

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Opening night: 5 October 2018

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