Pianist Michael Stephen Brown to Perform Solo Recital With The Redlands Symphony

The performance will take place on March 9, 2024.

By: Feb. 22, 2024
Pianist Michael Stephen Brown to Perform Solo Recital With The Redlands Symphony
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Pianist Michael Stephen Brown will be presented by the Redlands Symphony in two concerts on March 7th and 9th, 2024.

Mr. Brown will perform a solo piano recital on Thursday evening, March 7th, 2024, at 7:30 pm PST at First Presbyterian Church of Redlands (100 Cajon St, Redlands, CA 92373). Part of the Redlands Recital Series, this performance will feature works by Haydn, Debussy, Ravel, Von Schauroth, and Mendelssohn, as well as two of Mr. Brown's own compositions: Etude-Fantasy on the name of Haydn and Breakup Etude for Right Hand. Full program follows:

Joseph Haydn Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII: 4, Capriccio (1789)

Claude Debussy Hommage à Haydn (1909)

Maurice Ravel Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn (1909)

Michael Brown Etude-Fantasy on the name of Haydn (2020)

Maurice Ravel Miroirs (1904-1905)

Delphine Von Schauroth Three Songs Without Words, Op. 18,

Felix Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28

Con moto agitato-Andante

Allegro con moto


Michael Brown Breakup Etude for Right Hand (2020)

Felix Mendelssohn Two transcriptions from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn-Liszt-Horowitz-Brown: Wedding March

General student tickets of $5, children tickets of $10, and Adult tickets of $25 can be purchased through Redlands Symphony's website. For more information please visit pianist Michael Stephen Brown's website.

On Saturday evening, March 9th, 2024, 7:30 pm PST, Mr. Brown will appear as a guest soloist with the Redlands Symphony under the baton of conductor Ransom Wilson. The concert will take place at Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands (101 Chapel St, Redlands, CA 92374). Entitled "Our Friend Mozart," this all-Mozart program will feature Mr. Brown performing Mozart's only minor key piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor. Full program follows:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to Cosi fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 39

General admission of $20 to $80 is available for purchase through the event website. For more information please visit pianist Michael Stephen Brown's website.

Pianist and composer Michael Stephen Brown has performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Wichita, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies. He has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Lincoln Center. He regularly collaborates with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has been featured at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Caramoor, Music in the Vineyards, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.

Mr. Brown recently toured his own Concerto for Piano and Strings (2020) throughout the United States and Poland with several orchestras. He has received commissions from the Gilmore Piano Festival; the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra; the New Haven and Maryland Symphony Orchestras; Concert Artists Guild; Chamber Music Sedona; Music in the Vineyards; Shriver Hall; Osmo Vänskä, pianists Jerome Lowenthal, Ursula Oppens, Orion Weiss, Adam Golka, and Roman Rabinovich. A prolific recording artist, his latest album Noctuelles, featuring Ravel's Miroirs and newly discovered movements by Medtner, was called "a glowing presentation" by BBC Music Magazine. He can be heard as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in the music of Messiaen, and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in music by Samuel Adler. Other albums include Beethoven's Eroica Variations; all-George Perle; and collaborative albums each with pianist Jerome Lowenthal, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and violinist Elena Urioste. He is now embarking on a multi-year project to record the complete piano music by Felix Mendelssohn including world premiere recordings of music by one of Mendelssohn's muses, Delphine von Schauroth.

A recipient of many awards, Mr. Brown was the winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Other awards include the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Bowers Residency from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (formerly CMS Two), and the Juilliard Petschek Award. Mr. Brown is a Steinway Artist.

Mr. Brown earned dual bachelor's and master's degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included András Schiff and Richard Goode as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent. A native New Yorker, he lives there with his two 19th-century Steinway D's, Octavia and Daria.