November 22, 2021
Pianist Shai Wosner Performs Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now at The Met Museum, Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Left: Shai Wosner; Right: The Orchestra Now, led by Music Director Leon Botstein
Left: Shai Wosner; Right: The Orchestra Now, led by Music Director Leon Botstein
Photo credits: Marco Borggreve (Wosner); David DeNee (TŌN)

Titled “Beethoven, Cristofori & the Piano’s First Century,” the program also features a Botstein-led discussion accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts played by the orchestra; the event is part of The Orchestra Now’s Sight & Sound series at The Met Museum

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 22, 2021) — Pianist Shai Wosner joins forces with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now (TŌN) for a special performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (“Emperor”) as part of the orchestra’s Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. On this program, titled “Beethoven, Cristofori & the Piano’s First Century,” Mr. Wosner’s performance is preceded by a Botstein-led discussion about the inventor of the piano—Bartolomeo Cristofori—and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, which reveals the composer’s fascination with the musical possibilities emerging from the rapidly evolving technology of piano construction. The discussion is accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts played by the orchestra, and also includes insights from The Met Museum’s Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Associate Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments, who will be on hand to discuss Cristofori’s Grand Piano, on view in the museum’s Musical Instruments collection. The event takes place on Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. at The Met Museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. An artist Q&A follows Mr. Wosner’s performance.

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