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Yefim Bronfman
Plays Brahms

Piano Power

Fri., May 1, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Sat., May 2, 2020
8:00 p.m.

Sun., May 3, 2020
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
Weber | Overture from Euryanthe
Stravinsky | Petrushka
Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

John DeMain
, Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

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Following Overture’s closure and Wisconsin state and US federal guidelines, we regret that our May 1, 2, 3 concerts are now canceled. For those of you who hold tickets for the May concerts, you have the option of donating, exchanging, or receiving a refund. You can submit your request online now.


The Russian-Israeli powerhouse returns to perform Brahms’s first piano concerto. Its grandeur and thrilling technical difficulties have given it a deserved place among the towering keyboard masterpieces of all time. 

“Yefim Bronfman is one of the finest artists of the piano in the world. His all encompassing repertoire coupled by a simply awesome technique, makes him one our favorite guest soloists, whom we try to invite back as often as we can get him. His playing of the Brahms first piano concerto is sure to be definitive. But the concert offers even more delights beginning with Weber’s classic Overture from Euryanthe, and followed by Stravinsky’s great Ballet Score Petrushka, a story of a Russian puppet come to life. The energy of Petrushka and the great beauty and power of Brahms as played on our magnificent Hamburg Steinway, will bring our 2019/20 season to an exciting close. As you know, I try to make every concert an event not to be missed. Be there with me for the entire season. I know you won’t regret it!”  – John DeMain


Overture Center Box Office
201 State St.
Single Tickets: (608) 258-4141
Ticket Office Hours:
Mon. – Fri., 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional hours on Sunday event days.

About Yefim Bronfman

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, and summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US. Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, his partners have included Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others. He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concerti.

Bronfman’s playing was a finely spun whirl of notes that verged on the unbelievable . . . it was impossible to take one’s eyes or ears off the bear-like, protean pianist, who has both technical brawn and a glittery grace.   – The Los Angeles Times

It’s safe to say there is no pianist around remotely like Yefim Bronfman.  – The Philadelphia Enquirer


Major funding provided by


Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.


Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.


Louise and Ernest Borden

Additional funding provided by


Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.


Janet Hyde


Fred Wileman

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts


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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States