Classical Music

Mercury’s Season-Opener: A Journey Of Beethoven, Brahms And Friendship

The orchestra celebrates two of classical music’s most important composers, and the start of a new season of music-making among friends

“It’s really rare that you get to hear Brahms’ First Symphony with period instruments. It happens rarely in this country… even in Europe it’s rare to hear these things,” says Antoine Plante, Artistic Director of Houston’s Mercury. And his orchestra plans to do just that – present the unique experience of performing the famous symphony on period instruments, in the way Brahms’ audience would have heard it – for its Season Opener.

Joining Brahms on the program is Beethoven, whose epic Violin Concerto will be performed by concertmaster Jonathan Godfrey as the soloist.

Antoine Plante and Jonathan Godfrey joined me in the studio to talk about the connection between Beethoven and Brahms as composers, and their own connection as friends who met one summer in Japan and found themselves starting Mercury in Houston over 15 years ago.

Mercury presents its Season-Opening Concert, pairing Brahms’ First Symphony with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, on Friday, October 7, 8pm at the University of Houston Clear Lake and Saturday, October 8, 8pm at the Wortham Center.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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