Pianist Stephen Hough to Make Bravo! Vail Debut, 6/29
British pianist Stephen Hough makes his much-anticipated Bravo! Vail debut with Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, June 29 at Vail's Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. For his debut, Hough has selected Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major-a work of deep complexity and epic beauty that is an established favorite among music lovers the world over. Also featured on this varied concert program are Fauré's Suite from the Incidental Music to Maeterlinck's Pelléas et Mélisande, and Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé. The evening closes with Ravel's most recognizable work, Boléro. Tickets for this concert titled "Ravel's Bolero" are on sale now. Lawn tickets are $28 or $5 for children ages 12 and under. Visit bravovail.org or call the box office at 877.812.5700 for more information.
"Stephen Hough is an extraordinary person - a Renaissance man is there ever was one," said James W. Palermo, president and executive director, Bravo! Vail. "Aside from being one of the most distinguished pianists on the planet, Stephen is a composer and transcriber, and often includes his own works on recitals. A cello concerto, masses, a trio and song cycles are among recent compositions. He was awarded the prestigious and highly coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent writers and scientists who have made significant contributions in their fields. Stephen is also a published author and had a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Broadbent Gallery in London in October 2012."
Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, Hough enjoys a distinguished career as one of the world's leading concert pianists, while also excelling as a writer and composer. Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality, and his musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than fifty recordings. Hough is also an avid writer. He has written for London's The Guardian and The Times, and was invited by the Telegraph Media Group in December 2008 to write a cultural blog that receives ten to 15 thousand hits every week.