Music on Park Avenue returns this fall! The series presented by Scandinavia House and Per Tengstrand welcomes audiences back to Victor Borge Hall beginning in October for another season of its popular performances. Held monthly on Thursday evenings, concerts will begin at 7:30 preceded by conversation by Tengstrand about the pieces and composer.
In tonight’s special film and concert program, see the World Premiere of the documentary Beethoven and the Freedom of Will, which explores the power of Beethoven’s music: in his time, in historic eras, and in the present day. The premiere will be followed by a performance with Tengstrand and Hana Mundiya, who is featured in the film.
The Music on Park Avenue concert series is supported in part by a generous grant from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and in part by the Lynn Carter Fund of the ASF.
Thanks to a generous loan by Victor Borge’s grandson Finn, concerts will be performed on Victor Borge’s personal Steinway piano.
Schedule & Ticketing
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Beethoven’s Waldstein & Appassionata
Join us for the first concert of three in the fall celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven following the 250th anniversary of his birth in 2020. Tonight’s performance includes two iconic sonatas — both popular but also so different.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Tengstrand & Opus: Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto
Hear what is perhaps the most beautiful and original of Beethoven’s piano concertos, with Per Tengstrand joined by musicians from Opus at Princeton University.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Premiere of Beethoven and the Freedom of the Will documentary
Film & Concert with Per Tengstrand and Hana Mundiya, violin
See the World Premiere of Tengstrand’s documentary about the power of Beethoven’s music: during his days, through historic events as well as its importance today; followed by a performance with violinist Hana Mundiya, who is featured in the film.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
The romantic piano: Chopin, Liszt and Schubert
Per Tengstrand starts off the new year with the music of three romantic composers: the lyrical Chopin, the virtuoso Liszt and the intimate Schubert.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Tengstrand & Opus: The Grieg Concerto
A crown jewel in Scandinavian classical music, Edvard Grieg’s beautiful piano concerto, with Per Tengstrand and strings from Opus at Princeton University.
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Masterpieces for Cello and Piano: Per Tengstrand and Robin Park
The artistic director of Opus, cellist Robin Park, will join Per Tengstrand on stage to play some of the great works written for cello and piano by Beethoven and Rachmaninov, both famed and less known discoveries.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Tengstrand & Opus: The Tchaikovsky Concerto
One of the most famous works of music in history will end the season in a fascinating and dynamic arrangement for piano and string quartet.
$120/$96 ASF for members
A ticket to all seven performances in the series.
About Per Tengstrand
Per Tengstrand has firmly established himself as one of today’s most exciting pianists. He has been described by The Washington Post as “technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure,” and by The New York Times as “a superb Swedish pianist” whose recital “was rewarding, both for its unusual programming and for his eloquent, technically polished performances.”Tengstrand is the subject of the acclaimed Swedish documentary The Soloist, directed by Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg (Sweden, 2003), which was featured at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in New York.
In 2005 he was decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the “Litteris et Artibus” Medal for outstanding service to the arts. During the pandemic, Per started making music documentaries which were viewed and appreciated by people all over the world. As this line of work will continue, the documentary Beethoven and the Freedom of the Will is planned to have its world premiere at Scandinavia House in 2022.