Pianist joins Space Coast Symphony for ‘Unplayable’ Concerto Feb. 7

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Taiwanese virtuoso pianist, Tzu-Yi Chen joins the Space Coast Symphony for a concert aptly titled, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7 at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, 32960.

Celebrated around the world, Tzu-Yi Chen performs Tchaikovsky’s powerful Piano Concerto No. 1, which, in 1875, critics and soloists deemed “technically unplayable.” With its explosive opening chords and lyrical melodies, Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto contains bold, dramatic keystrokes and rippling musical passages.

Also on the program is Anton Bruckner’s expansive “Romantic” Symphony No. 4, which will take listeners on a spectacular journey through the Austrian countryside. At its debut in Vienna in 1881, the composer was reportedly called out to take a bow after each movement.

Another special treat on the concert is “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner. Guest conducted by the celebrated U.S. Army bandmaster, Colonel Hal Gibson, Wagner’s stately and beautiful music depicts the princess Elsa as she makes her way to marry Lohengrin, knight of the Holy Grail.

Advance tickets are on sale for $20 through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at several convenient ticket outlets, including Marine Bank & Trust (beachside and mainland branches) and Madison Avenue Consignments. The concert is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. Tickets at the door are $25. Call toll free to 855-252-7276 for more information.

Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron Collins, welcomes the chance to perform with the Taiwanese virtuoso pianist Tzu-Yi Chen.

“We are beyond excited to be able to showcase the immense talent of Tzu-Yi Chen,” said Collins. “When this music was first composed, critics called it ‘technically unplayable.’ But Tzu-Yi Chen will prove otherwise. The concerto is a masterpiece, with all the drama we expect from Tchaikovsky.”

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony 2015-16 season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

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