The second movement is often described in terms of the story of Orpheus. The pianist, as Orpheus, pleads for the release of his beloved Eurydice, and is continually rebuffed by the orchestra--NO. NO. NO. After each "no" the piano comes back with an even more tender plea. Eventually, the movement ends, but I don't think it's a happy ending. I'm not going to say any more than that--Beethoven can speak for himself here!
The third and last movement turns immediately to the fun, brilliant side again, and is a lot of fun to play and to hear. This movement, however, begins in the "wrong" key--the concerto is in G, but the finale begins in C! It's a little disconcerting at first, but once you embrace Beethoven's quirkiness, it makes for a charming finale. Like the first movement, it has significant technical demands, but it must always sound brilliant and fun, never difficult.
Alon Goldstein has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony before, and I'm really looking forward to his performance this month. And if that's not enough, the program will conclude with Beethoven's revolutionary "Eroica" symphony, another wonderful work.
Details and tickets: http://www.harrisburgsymphony.org/