Stephane Deneve Leads the LA Phil and Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin in Two Nights of Classical Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, 8/26, 28
Conductor Stéphane Denève graces the Hollywood Bowl stage with his commanding presence as he leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic Tuesday, August 26, at 8 pm, and a repeat performance Thursday, August 28, at 8 pm. The program features Beethoven's ultimate piano concerto, the uplifting Fifth, played by Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin, in his Hollywood Bowl debut. The remainder of the program consists of works arranged by Stokowski, selected specifically by Mo. Denève because of the conductor's strong history with the Bowl: Bach's Toccata and Fugure in D minor and two works from Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain and the vivid Pictures at an Exhibition.
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Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and will become Principal Guest Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in September 2014. Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world's leading orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a champion of new music. He appears regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. As a recording artist, Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Roussel, Franck, and Connesson. He is a double winner of the Diapason d'Or de l'année, was shortlisted in 2012 for Gramophone's Artist of the Year Award, and won the prize for symphonic music at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards. He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.
Marc-André Hamelin is now ranked among the elect of world pianists for his unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the towering works of the established repertoire, as well as for this intrepid exploration of the neglected works for the 19th and 20th centuries - in concert and on disc. The 2014/15 season is an auspicious one for him with touring dates across the U.S. and Europe. Highlights of his soloist engagements include a series of concerts with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France; a birthday concert for Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony, and a performance of the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Piano Concerto. In recognition of his remarkable discography, Hamelin was presented with a lifetime achievement prize for the year 2011 by the German Record Critics Award. He has recorded some 50 CDs for the Hyperion label ranging from the neglected masterpieces of Alkan, Ives, Medtner and Roslavets to brilliantly received performances of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin.
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