It's fun. It's laid back. It's Off the Cuff.

The story meets the score in our Centennial Off the Cuff series. Explore the backstory on classical music's greatest works and discover their secrets, scandals and twists. This unique series engages you in an entertaining and informative format, including a thrilling performance of the music.


Marin AlsopEnigma Variations

Fri, Feb 26, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, Feb 27, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop
, conductor

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Inside Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a riddle that remains unsolved. The enigma theme that Elgar takes through many inventive and striking variations that are each dedicated to someone in his life, is actually a companion melody written to a well-known tune.  Can you solve the mystery of Elgar’s riddle? Probably not, but no answer is needed to enjoy Elgar’s masterwork.

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John AdamsBeethoven's Emperor

Fri, May 13, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, May 14, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

John Adams
, conductor
Jeremy Dink, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

Post-minimalist composer John Adams directs renowned and award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk in Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto. Written while Beethoven was riding out the French siege of Vienna in the cellar of a friend, the composer’s fifth piano concerto is an affirmation of heroic spirit in the midst of what Beethoven called “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!”

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