Under the direction of renowned composer and conductor, Gerard Schwarz, the HSO performs two monumental pieces by the ultimate icon of orchestral music. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” will feature pianist Orion Weiss, a performer described as “simply breathtaking” by the Herald-Tribune. Symphony No. 5 is one of the absolute cornerstones of Western classical music. Built on an unforgettable and deceptively simple four note motif, there is no truer definition of a classical “master work”. Adolphus Hailstork’s Four Hymns Without Words is a set of short pieces featuring hymn-like opening statements.