The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) presents Romantic masterworks from Schumann and Brahms, March 17-20 in Newark and New Brunswick. British born classical composer and pianist Stephen Hough performs Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, while Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège Music Director Christian Arming is set to conduct a program that opens with Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and closes with Johannes Brahms' Second Symphony.
Classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough is set to release his brand new album with the Andris Nelsons led City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos, on Hyperion Records April 8. Consisting of a rarely heard work by Antonín Dvořák alongside one of Robert Schumann's well-known piano concertos -- the juxtaposition exemplifies the characteristic idiom of both composers while revealing a new perspective on the pianistic writing of each, as well as the solo piano concerto form overall.
Sure there were no lack of performers willing to wax poetic about the recent passing of David Bowie, but not many serious artists were willing to weigh in on Justin Bieber's impromptu performance of Beethoven's miniature Für Elise on the lobby piano of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Interestingly, famed classical paints Stephen Hough had no problem complimenting the Biebs playing as complimenting his vocal style. For those interested in hearing Hough play, the 55-year-old Brit returns for to the 92nd Street Y for chamber music with cellist Steven Isserlis March 15.
A new era in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra will begin next month, when the re-united orchestra will present its first performances in Orchestra Hall after a long and often bitter contract dispute that dragged on for 15 months.
Andrew Litton is to return home to a U.S. orchestra as music director for the first time since he left the Dallas Symphony in 2006. The new berth? The Colorado Symphony, where he has been artistic advisor while they decided on a new music director which, as it turned out, was Litton, himself.