Bruckner Symphony No. 5
Also playing Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Iowa City at West High School
The third in our Season of Fifth Symphonies is Anton Bruckner's. Bombastic and brassy, Bruckner's middle symphony epitomizes the height of the German romantic period, considered the heyday for the symphony orchestra.
Although Bruckner heard the work performed on a pair of pianos, illness prevented him from hearing the first and only orchestral performance of the symphony given in the composer's lifetime.
This performance is made possible by the Bruckner Society of America. Formed in 1931, the Society promotes the work of Bruckner including the presentation of the Bruckner Medal of Honor, an award that has been bestowed on Bruckner enthusiasts including conductors Serge Koussevitsky, Eugene Ormandy, and Arturo Toscanini.