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Emanuel Ax Performs Beethoven

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

Off-Sale

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

24

Oct, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

25

Oct, 2019

Friday, 2:00 PM

26

Oct, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Emanuel Ax solos in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto — elegant, luscious, and spirited. Stéphane Denève brings his celebrated touch to works by fellow Frenchmen — Roussel’s muscular symphony and Ravel’s homage-with-a-twist to “The Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II — and to Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral, in memory of her brother. She writes: “This is a story that commemorates living and passing through places of knowledge and of sharing and of that song called life.”

Program

Jennifer Higdon

blue cathedral

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Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 1

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Roussel

Symphony No. 3

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Ravel

La Valse

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Artists

Stéphane Denève

Conductor

Stéphane Denève

Conductor

Stéphane Denève

Conductor

Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Mr. Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s great orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. Committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, he has worked regularly with young people at the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Colburn School, European Union Youth Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West.

He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Glyndebourne Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, Brussels’s Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Opéra national de Paris, and London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

As a recording artist, Mr. Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d’Or of the Year, has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include a live recording of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and two discs of the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon.

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Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax

Piano

Born in modern-day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax and his family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, when he was a young boy. Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.  

His 2019–20 season highlights included a European summer festivals tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Simon Rattle, and three concerts with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall in March 2020. When concert last spring were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic Mr. Ax, like many artists around the world, responded creatively. He hosted The Legacy of Great Pianists, part of the online Live with Carnegie Hall series highlighting leading lights who have performed at Carnegie Hall. Last September, he joined Yo-Yo Ma in a series of surprise pop-up concerts for essential workers in multiple venues throughout the Berkshires community. 

Emanuel Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987; his most recent release is Brahms Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos. He has received multiple Grammy Awards and the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year. In the 2004–05 season he contributed to an International Emmy Award–Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  

Mr. Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.  

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