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Hough Plays Dvořák

2018-2019 Season, Masterworks

Hough Plays Dvořák

Oct 27
Saturday
7:30 PM
Oct 28
Sunday
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Pianist Stephen Hough

REZNICEK Donna Diana Overture
DVOŘÁK Piano Concerto
   featuring Stephen Hough
SMETANA The Moldau
SUK Fantastic Scherzo

What's interesting about these concerts?

The Best of the Best
Stephen Hough’s 50+ CD recordings, several Grammy nominations, and MacArthur Genius Grant have earned him reputation as “the undisputed top dog among British concert pianists.” (According to The Economist)

A New American Sound
Although Dvořák was Czech, he is credited by many for being the first to solidify a truly American symphonic sound when he moved to the States in 1892. He accomplished this by studying Native American and African American folk tunes of the day, influences that are heard in his "New World" Symphony and "American" String Quartet.

Going Platinum
In 1877, the sheet music for the piano duet version of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances completely sold out the day it was released for sale! Imagine if Taylor Swift’s or Beyonce’s newest album was unavailable after only one day of sales!

These performances are made possible in part by  a generous gift from an anonymous patron in memory of Robert Weaver and The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation.

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Stephen Hough

About Pianist Stephen Hough

"THE MOST PERFECT PIANO PLAYING CONCEIVABLE"
- The Guardian

"A VIRTUOSO WHO BEGINS WHERE OTHERS LEAVE OFF"
- Washington Post

One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honors 2014. Since taking first prize at the 1983 Naumburg Competition in New York, Hough has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras and has given recitals at the most prestigious concert halls. Many of Mr. Hough’s catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes including several Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone Magazine Awards including ‘Record of the Year’ in 1996 and 2003. Mr. Hough resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School. To learn more about Stephen Hough, visit stephenhough.com.


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