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Beethoven and Blue Jeans

WMS Masterworks

Scott Speck, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Dates and Tickets

Friday, March 04 at 7:30 pm


Single Tickets: $20, $25, $39, $49
Student Tickets: $7

Season tickets available now! Call Rita at 231.726.3231 x223 for more information.


Christopher Theofanidis: Dreamtime Ancestors (WMS commission)
Beethoven: Symphony no.1
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no.1, Conrad Tao, piano

Jump into your blue jeans and join WMS for an audience favorite, the Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert. Conductor Scott Speck and the WMS tackle Beethoven's astonishing first symphony, in which the young composer asserted his highly individualistic voice. WMS also proudly presents Dreamtime Ancestors, a New Music for America commission from Christopher Theofanidis, based on Australian Aboriginal creation myths. Finally, guest artist Conrad Tao joins the symphony and scales the heights of a pianistic Mount Everest with Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no.1, Op. 23, in B-flat minor.

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About Conrad Tao >

Conrad Tao, piano The Block. Sat, Mar 5, 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Conrad will thrill the audience at The Block with his solo piano performance. For the program, info and to buy tickets please visit, The Block website >

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