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Though Johannes Brahms was one of the Romantic era’s most conflicted composers, his second symphony seems cheery and pastoral. However, in a note to his editor, Brahms said the symphony “is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning.”

Assistant Conductor Alex Amsel will lead you through a musical journey from Leshnoff’s energetic and emotional Rush to Brahms’s light and airy Symphony No. 2.



Jonathon Leshnoff: Rush

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 — I. Allegro
     April Zhang, piano

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 — I. Molto allegro con fuoco
     Audrey Haas, piano


Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73



Alex Amsel

Argentinian-born conductor Alex Amsel is quickly establishing himself as a conductor equally at home with orchestral and operatic repertoire, as well as in music education for students of all ages. Amsel’s hope is to integrate music into the fabric of every community he works with to reshape how we think about society and our place in it. He was appointed Conducting Fellow for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2021 seasons, where he will lead the orchestra in a variety of concerts and work closely with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Robert Spano. For the summer of 2019, Amsel was selected as the Assistant Conductor for the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, where he will perform with the orchestra in multiple subscription concerts. Other recent engagements include Assistant Conductor and Choir Master for the Peabody Conservatory Symphonies and Opera, and Faculty Conductor for the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Amsel was chosen as the winner of the Miami Music Festival Conducting Competition and led the Miami Music Festival Orchestra in concert at the New World Center. Amsel holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Marin Alsop at the Peabody Conservatory.
During his free time, Amsel is a hiking, wine, and Golden Retriever aficionado.


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  • Doors open with Happy Half-Hour at 7 p.m.
  • Box Office: BreckCreate, Riverwalk Center
  • Sponsor: Wyndham Vacation Rentals
  • Tickets: Gold $40 • Silver $35 • Bronze $25 • Youth (18 & under) $10