Artists
mar 6, 7, 8
Andrew Litton
, conductor
Andrew Litton is in his 12th year
as artistic director of the Minnesota
Orchestra’s Sommerfest and his
11th as music director of the Bergen
Philharmonic, which next year
celebrates its 250th anniversary. He
regularly conducts this Orchestra in
subscription concerts as well as at
Sommerfest, and he has led many
works here from the keyboard.
Additional posts:
He was recently
appointed music director of the
Colorado Symphony and continues
as conductor laureate of Britain’s
Bournemouth Symphony.
Currently:
His guest conducting
engagements this season take him from
Dallas and Detroit to major orchestras
in Britain, Singapore and Taiwan. He
also leads the Royal Philharmonic
on tour to Bucharest and conducts
productions of the New York City Ballet
and Bergen National Opera, which he
helped found.
Honors:
In May 2011 the King of
Norway made Litton a Knight of the
Norwegian Order of Merit, recognizing
his work with the Bergen Philharmonic.
Among his additional honors is a 1997
Grammy Award.
Recording:
Litton has recorded his first
solo piano album,
A Tribute to Oscar
Peterson
, due for release this March.
More:
minnesotaorchestra.org,
andrewlitton.com.
Stephen Hough
, piano
Stephen Hough, one of today’s most
acclaimed and accomplished pianists,
regularly appears with top orchestras
in North America and Europe and
presents recitals worldwide.
Minnesota Orchestra:
A frequent
guest soloist with this ensemble since
1996, he has focused on Tchaikovsky
in his most recent visits. In 2009 he
performed that composer’s complete
piano-and-orchestra works, recorded
live in concert for Hyperion; in 2011 he
played the First Piano Concerto at both
Orchestra Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Recent, upcoming:
His schedule for
2013-14 includes engagements with
the Philadelphia Orchestra, National
Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic,
NHK Symphony, Royal Philharmonic
and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; a recital
at New York’s Lincoln Center; and
a televised appearance at the BBC
Proms. He is also artist in residence
with the BBC Philharmonic.
Recordings:
Hough performs on more
than 50 albums; in a new cutting-edge
project, he is featured in an iPad app
on the Liszt Piano Sonata, released by
Touch Press.
Other projects:
Hough has composed
several major works for orchestra, choir,
chamber ensemble and solo piano.
He is a published author and writes a
cultural blog for the
Telegraph
website.
More:
stephenhough.com.
one-minute notes
Rachmaninoff:
The Rock
This fantasia was inspired by
a Chekhov story: as a fierce
storm rages outside an inn, a
young woman inside listens
compassionately to an elderly
man battered by life’s trials,
but ultimately they go their
separate ways.
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on
a Theme of Paganini
A twisting Paganini melody is
the basis for Rachmaninoff’s
ingenious set of 24 variations for
piano and orchestra. The famous
18th variation turns Paganini’s
theme upside down, transforming
it into a gorgeous, moonlit
lovesong.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4
(1947 revision)
The composer’s own opera,
The Prodigal Son
, gave him the
idea for much of the music in this
work—hence its great sense of
drama, with sweeping gestures,
heroic moods and tinges of
sadness before the glorious
resolution.
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