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Houston Symphony Welcomes the Return of Emanuel Ax for Three Performances at Jones Hall, 2/13-16

Houston Symphony Welcomes the Return of Emanuel Ax for Three Performances at Jones Hall, 2/13-16

On February 13, 15 and 16, the Houston Symphony welcomes the return of soloist and piano superstar Emanuel Ax for three performances at Jones Hall. Under the baton of Houston favorite Hannu Lintu, audiences will enjoy the brilliance of composers Bach, Strauss and Ravel.

After opening with the intriguing and subtle Valses nobles et sentimentales by Ravel, Ax and the orchestra will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Transcribed from a lost violin concerto, this piece is the first and most popular of the six Bach concertos for piano. The first and third movements of the concerto, filled with ornamentations and flowing figures like those found in a Bach violin concerto, allow the soloist to showcase the virtuosity of this favorite work.

Following the Bach, audiences will be treated to the wonderful and famous sounds of Richard Strauss with Ax performing the exciting and waltz-like Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra. Filled with dance-like gestures, audiences are sure to draw relationships between the Strauss and the Ravel throughout the program.

The orchestra will close the evening with a performance of Strauss's Suite from Der Rosenkavalier. With farcical and dramatic nods to earlier operas by Mozart and others, Der Rosenkavalier is Strauss' nod to the past, unlike his forward looking, although popular, operas Elektra and Salome. Due to the immense popularity and success of the opera, Strauss wrote this orchestral suite encompassing various themes from the opera to help tell the comedic and heart wrenching story of this 19th century love triangle.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY CLASSICAL SERIES

Jones Hall

615 Louisiana St.

Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:30 PM

Emanuel Ax plays Bach

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Tickets: from $29

About Hannu Lintu

2013-14 marks Hannu Lintu's first season as chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Until summer 2013, he held the positions of artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. He has previously held artistic director positions with the Helsingborg Symphony and Turku Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition to these performances with the Houston Symphony, other season highlights include appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Hannu Lintu studied cello, piano and conducting with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy. Lintu has received several prizes for his recordings, including a Grammy® nomination in the Best Opera CD category in 2011 and a Gramophone Award nomination for his recording of Enescu's Symphony No. 2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.

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