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Two orchestral innovators tackle the complexities of the human condition: Richard Strauss’s passionate and provocative symphonic poems plumb the psychological depths of his literary sources. Maurice Ravel wrote his dark and intense Piano Concerto for the Left Hand because the Austrian pianist who commissioned it lost his right arm in World War I. The warped and tender waltzes of La Valse are the Frenchman's response to the dream of Viennese refinement in a murderous age.
Thursday matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.