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The four most-famous notes of all time will keep you on the edge of your seat during Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the smashing finale at The Grand Opening of the Antonia Brico Stage on September 30.
Recently completed, our new stage is dedicated to Antonia Brico, DPO founder and pioneer female conductor. The opening number, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, along with Richard Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, are two pieces Antonia conducted at her debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1938. Connecting our past, present and future, we are proud to spotlight our principal trumpet Ryan Spencer performing Johann Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto.
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
In honor of Antonia Brico — the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic, in 1938 — the New York Philharmonic salutes the Denver Philharmonic as they inaugurate the Antonia Brico Stage. Antonia Brico made her Philharmonic debut under particularly public circumstances at Lewisohn Stadium, the Philharmonic’s then outdoor summer venue in Upper Manhattan. Tickets cost 50 cents and crowds could grow to over 15,000. As The New York Times wrote of this performance, Brico “impressed” with the “life [and] color of her readings,” expressed with “verve and intensity,” and ending with resounding applause. We wish the Denver Philharmonic many such nights from their newly dedicated stage.New York Philharmonic