Houston Symphony Welcomes Pianist Martin Helmchen, 12/1 & 2
On December 1 and 2, Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony will welcome internationally renowned pianist Martin Helmchen in an evening of serenely powerful music. Schumann's beautifully romantic Piano Concerto will open the program and will be followed by Bruckner's 6th Symphony.
Known around the world for his prowess in performances of impressive concert literature, Helmchen's performance with the Houston Symphony has been eagerly anticipated since his American debut in August. Schumann's Piano Concerto has become somewhat of a specialty of the German virtuoso through his multiple performances of the piece around the world. With regard to his performance with the Boston Symphony, The Berkshire Eagle hailed the pianist for having, "lit the Schumann Piano Concerto with an inner glow." In addition to his litany of international symphonic appearances, Helmchen is also an accomplished recitalist, chamber musician and active recording artist.
Closing the program, Bruckner's 6th Symphony gives conductor Hans Graf an opportunity to lead the Symphony in a moving performance of this deeply spiritual and grand piece. A religious man himself, Bruckner composed divinely romantic melodies that were often premiered in churches or cathedrals. A fellow Austrian, Graf has been close to Bruckner's music throughout his musical career and has devoted much of his tenure as musical director to exploring and celebrating these pieces.