Pianist harkens Back to Beethoven’s days

Conrad Tao will be both soloist and composer Saturday evening

By Peter Alexander


Conrad Tao. Photo by Vanessa Briceno.

Conrad Tao can do it all.

Saturday with the Boulder Philharmonic, the talented young pianist will be the soloist for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. And he will play in the orchestra. And he composed one piece on the program.

“And he could sweep up afterwards, too,” Michael Butterman, the orchestra’s music director, says with a laugh.

“When one thinks of composers in Beethoven’s days, they were very often the performers as well,” he continues. “So here we have somebody doing something in a way that harkens back to that earlier time.”

Before the Beethoven concerto, Tao will play the prominent orchestral piano part for Darius Milhaud’s jazzy ballet score Creation du Monde (Creation of the world). Tao the composer is represented by Pangu, an orchestral piece inspired by another creation legend. The concert, titled “Creative Legends,” will open with Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, which will be followed by a piece inspired by the Biblical story of creation: “Chaos” from Haydn’s oratorio The Creation.

For more, see Boulder Weekly.

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“Creative Legends”
logo2Music of Beethoven, Haydn, Milhaud and Conrad Tao
Boulder Philharmonic, Michael Butterman, conductor
Conrad Tao, pianist
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, Macky Auditorium


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