Pianist Paul Lewis brought what the St. Louis American called a "magic hands act" to UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center for performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 on November 3 and 5.
Received by a prolonged ovation, Lewis' performance is the third of five Beethoven piano concerti the SLSO will perform this season, in a complete traversal of the composer's output for piano and orchestra. Elsewhere on the program, Stéphane Denève, The Joseph and Emily Rauh Pulitzer Music Director, led a program inspired by mythology. Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Orfeo ed Euridice opened the program. Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, "Classical" concluded the program.
The November 5 concert was performed in memory of Michael Neidorff, a visionary leader who steadfastly supported the SLSO.
Photos by Virginia Harold