Review & Notes: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Nathalie Stutzmann and Haochen Zhang

I went to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Nathalie Stutzmann conducting and piano soloist Haochen Zhang at Segerstrom Concert Hall on March 7, 2024.


  1. Promenade circle seats over the stage were nice. I had an excellent aerial view of the pianist. I could hear everything very well. The timpani seemed a little louder than it should have been in this location.
  2. Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto has no trombones. That was interesting.
  3. Zhang played an encore that I believe was "Horowitz: Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen." It was almost impossible to believe how fast his hands were moving. Youtube link of Horowitz playing it. I found a transcription of it here. Interesting notes on the transcription also. Including that they created it from watching a video frame by frame.
  4. The Philadelphia Orchestra was supposed to be playing but they cancelled.
  5. During Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, I noticed the English Horn player that played the solo in the 2nd movement didn't play anything during the rest of the piece. They just sat there.
  6. The emcee for the performance thanked people for coming out to support the event and specifically called out the people that probably had to arrange babysitting for their children so they could make it.

Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto is my favorite piece. I have seen it three other times in concert. It sounded great. I loved it again.

Review: 9/10.

AA Seat 21 Promenade Circle

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