Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann violin
Beethoven changed the face of music forever. From his Fifth Symphony’s obsession with its famous opening rhythm to his epic Leonore Overture No.3, audiences had never heard anything like it before. By comparison, Mendelssohn’s greatest innovation was a sleight-of-hand brilliance that creates the impression of elfin dreamworlds floating free of gravity. This concert celebrates the 85th birthday of the Orchestra’s Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi.