Austin Symphony Orchestra

Triumph Over Fate

Feb 23 - Feb 24

Event Details

  • Fri, Feb. 23
    8:00 pm
  • Sat, Feb. 24
    8:00 pm

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Austin Symphony Orchestra presents “Triumph Over Fate,” featuring works by Schumann and MacDowell, February 23 – 24 in Dell Hall.

Be our guest for a night of Schumann and pianist Rick Rowley performing Edward Macdowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor. We start the evening with Robert Schumann’s Manfred Overture. “The work is based on the poem Manfred by Lord Byron and consists of an overture, an entracte, melodramas, and several solos and choruses.” Rick Rowley then takes the stage to perform Macdowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 which has some obvious similarities with Edvard Grieg’s, Camille Saint-Saëns’s and Franz Liszt’s concertos. Some consider this to be the first major piano concerto written by an American.

We conclude the evening with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 “Schumann began to sketch the symphony on December 12, 1845, and had a robust draft of the entire work by December 28. He spent most of the next year orchestrating, beginning February 12, 1846. His depression and poor health, including ringing in his ears, prevented him finishing the work until October 19. Publication followed in 1847. The uplifting tone of the symphony is remarkable in the face of Schumann’s health problems—the work an be seen as a Beethovenian triumph over fate/pessimism.” This is truly a “Triumph over Fate.”

Still want more? How about playing on some string instruments provided by our friends at Violins Etc.? We also have a wonderful pre-concert talk given by Bob Buckalew at 7:10pm. How about “tweeting” with out musicians and ASO staff? Take a photo in front of our photo wall. The Austin Symphony has “Something for Everyone.”


All artists, programs & dates subject to change.


  • Robert Schumann — Manfred Overture, Op. 115
  • Edward MacDowell — Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23
  • Robert Schumann — Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

About Austin Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin’s oldest performing arts group. The ASO offers a complete season of musical and education programming. Masterworks concerts include a series of eight concert pairs running monthly September through May in the state-of-the-art Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Our season also features the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series, programming for the entire family, including the Halloween Children’s Concert and the Christmas in the Community, as well as the James C. Armstrong Youth Educations Programs.