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Mermaids from Zemlinsky and Brahms


November 17–19, 2023


  • Fri, Nov 17, 2023, 7:30 PM

  • Sat, Nov 18, 2023, 7:30 PM

  • Sun, Nov 19, 2023, 2:00 PM


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