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An Auspicious Debut: Marc-André Hamelin

Fri., April 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 13, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., April 14, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Marc-André Hamelin is one of the major pianists of our time. In his Madison debut he will perform works both before and after intermission in a program that features two of the greatest German composers and two great French impressionists. Always inspired by Mozart, I am delighted to open with his Prague symphony. Then comes Strauss Burleske with Marc-André performing a virtuosic and delightful musical fare. After intermission comes another favorite of mine, Ravel's Piano Concerto with its sultry, cabaret-like slow movement that climaxes with a raucous-but-fun last movement. The concert closes with Debussy’s La Mer, his amazing tone poem that conjures up images of the sea both raging and calm, placing ultimate demands on the orchestra and creating an aural thrill for the audience. — John DeMain
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Music Program

Mozart | Symphony No. 38, Prague
Strauss | Burleske
Ravel | Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major
Debussy | La Mer

Featuring

John DeMain, Conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

About Marc-André Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc.
He was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15th Van Cliburn Competition in 2017, where each of the 30 competitors in the Preliminary Round were required to perform Hamelin's "L'Homme armé" which marked the first time the composer of the commissioned work was also a member of the jury. Although primarily a performer, Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career.
He was honored with the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year (Piano) and Disc of the Year by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three disc set of Busoni: Late Piano Music; and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Association. Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critic’s Association. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
“[Hamelin's] reputation as a super-pianist for whom no music is too difficult to play, and play well — is grounded in a jaw-dropping virtuosity that is impressive even in a day when flawless keyboard technicians are a dime a dozen.”
The Chicago Tribune

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Program notes will be available in August.

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