Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra

Transcending Heights

William Eddins, Conductor
Isaac Foreman, Piano

Isaac Foreman and William Eddins

Stude Concert Hall at Alice Pratt Brown Hall

Only $5 standby tickets are available at this time.

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Goes live:
7:30pm CT

In Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, beautiful melodies build to a joyful, triumphant and famous finale. 2023 Shepherd School of Music Concerto Competition Winner Isaac Foreman scales the towering heights of Beethoven’s mighty “Emperor” Concerto, undoubtedly one of the most famous concertos in the piano repertoire. Eminent, multifaceted conductor  William Eddins, Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, leads the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.

  • At this time, we are no longer taking reservations for pay-what-you-wish tickets. Instead, we are offering standby tickets to our Transcending Heights concert for just $5. 
  • Reserving standby tickets gives you the opportunity to attend this concert by occupying seats that become available the night of the performance (this includes all levels of seats!).
  • Standby seating will occur after the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. 
  • We cannot guarantee that all members of your party will be seated together.


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Stay in your seats after the performance for a short Post-Concert Chat with Shepherd School Dean Matthew Loden and guest artists!


Please note that the previously announced inclusion of Carpenter's Skyscrapers will not be performed on this program. 


William Eddins

William Eddins is the Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world.

Engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Boston Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, as well as the Los Angeles and Buffalo Philharmonics.

Internationally, Eddins was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland).. He has also has conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.

Isaac Foreman

Captivating audiences with refined musicality, clarity of interpretation and a commanding stage presence, Isaac Foreman is establishing himself as an exciting and versatile artist. Primarily a pianist, Isaac is also equally at home on the organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano. As an active chamber musician, he has been lauded for his intelligent interpretations and astute collaborative skills. Most recently, Isaac won second prize at the 2022 Young Texas Artists Piano Competition and was the winner of the 2022 Shepherd School of Music Concerto Competition. Isaac also recently appeared on Alice Tully Hall’s 2021 “Wednesday at One” Concert Series and in the 2022 Juilliard Focus Festival. In 2021, Isaac garnered first prizes in both the American Virtuoso International Music Competition and the WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition. The laureate of several top prizes, Isaac won second prize in the MTNA Steinway and Sons Young Artists Piano Competition, first prize in the 2018 Southwest Divisional MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, and first prize in the 2016 Baylor/Waco Piano Concerto Competition. Isaac was also a semifinalist in the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition.


Stude Concert Hall at Alice Pratt Brown Hall