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Richly Romantic

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

One of our favorite cellists, Alban Gerhardt is among the greatest of all time. The lyrically bittersweet Walton concerto will be a delicious contrast to the sweeping, majestic romanticism of the Brahms.

Music Program

Rossini | Overture to Semiramide
Walton | Cello Concerto
Brahms | Symphony No. 1


John DeMain, Conductor
Alban Gerhardt, Cello

About Alban Gerhardt

Praised for the “warm songfulness of his playing” (The Telegraph) at the 2016 BBC Proms, Alban Gerhardt has, for 25 years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence, and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly sets him apart from his peers. Following early competition success, Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991.
A highly-acclaimed recording artist, Gerhardt has won three ECHO Klassik Awards as well as ICMA and MIDEM Classic awards, and his recording of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto, released by Deutsche Grammophon, won the BBC Music Magazine Award and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015. He has recorded extensively for Hyperion, spearheading the label’s ‘Romantic Cello Concertos’ series, and his new recording of Rostropovich’s ‘Encores’ was released at the end of 2016.
“The calm authority and probing insight make him one of the finest cellists around—expressive, ...and infinitely classy.”
—The Guardian

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Prelude Discussion

Enjoy a 30-minute talk by music experts starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
February speaker: Randal Swiggum


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Additional funding
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Boardman & Clark LLP

Scott and Janet Cabot

Martha and Charles Casey

Gary and Lynn Mecklenburg

Rodney Schreiner and Mark Blank

Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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