In Birmingham, Gustavo Gimeno teams up with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this season – for two evenings filled with gripping musical drama. Beethoven’s Egmont overture starts off the program, telling the story of Lamoral, Count Egmont of the Netherlands who defied a Spanish attack captained by the Duke of Alva. It is followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, played by American pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a “thinking person’s pianist” (John Adams). The last piece of the night is one of the all-time great orchestral showpieces – Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”, a game of seduction and jealousy that ends in tragedy. The two concerts will take place on November 20 and 23, 2019.