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Mermaids from Zemlinsky and Brahms


November 17–19, 2023



Bass Performance Hall


Yes, Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid was inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale and the music bubbles along with cheer and pathos. But there’s more to the story: Zemlinsky wrote the piece after suffering a heartbreak when his paramour left him for another composer, and the score was thought to be long lost. A pair of British music sleuths tracked down the work, however. The evening concludes with Brahms’ second piano concerto, which he described as a “very small piano concerto with a very small and pretty scherzo.”


ZEMLINSKY: The Mermaid

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2

Featured Artists

Kevin John Edusei, conductor

Andreas Haefliger, piano

Event Information

Bass Performance Hall

Bass Performance Hall


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