Concertos were conceived as a showpiece for one instrument backed by an orchestra, but in 1803 Beethoven came up with the idea of highlighting the piano, violin, and cello in a concerto. By moving a piano trio front and center, he inaugurated a whole new musical subgenre. His Triple Concerto isn’t often performed because of the difficulty of finding three professional-caliber soloists, but when those soloists find chemistry among themselves and with the orchestra, the results are magical. That’s what cellist Claudio Bohórquez, pianist Katia Skanavi, and violinist Michael Shih will be seeking when they perform this piece for the first time in 31 years under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya for Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
In addition, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a Beethoven-haunted work that the composer imagined as outlining Man’s struggle against fate, written during a particularly turbulent period in Tchaikovsky’s life and expressing far more violent emotions than in his previous three symphonies. The program is rounded out by the orchestra’s first-ever performance of <<rewind<<, an imposing work fraught with nervous tension by the 34-year-old British composer Anna Clyne. Harth-Bedoya has done well by both Tchaikovsky and contemporary music before, so FWSO’s lineup looks quite promising this weekend.
[box_info]Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $12-85. Call 817-665-6000.[/box_info]