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Release: Oct. 13, 2000
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, pianist Ohlsson to perform Beethoven
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and pianist Garrick Ohlsson
will perform Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 2 in a concert at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The performance, under the direction of Nicholas McGegan, will also feature
the Suite from "Nais" by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Franz Schuberts
Symphony No. 3.
The perennially popular Ohlsson, whom The New Yorker proclaimed "a
genuine giant of the keyboard," has not performed in Hancher for 20 years.
He is particularly known for masterful performances of Beethoven, Chopin,
Mozart and Schubert, as well as other composers of the Romantic Era.
Jon von Rhein wrote in the Chicago Tribune, "Ohlsson is a big man with
big hands, a big sonority and a big virtuoso technique that illuminates the
music rather than himself. His style combines a vigorous masculinity with
a modern poetic sensibility."
Beethoven wrote his Haydn- and Mozart-influenced B-flat piano concerto as
a showpiece for himself in 1795, when he was still primarily known as a piano
virtuoso of unprecedented energy and passion. Its debut was the composers
first public appearance in Vienna, a landmark moment in a career that would
mark Beethoven as the dominant composer in western music.
Rameaus opera "Nais" was commissioned in 1748 to celebrate
the Treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle -- the same peace treaty that was celebrated
in England by Handels "Music for the Royal Fireworks." The
suite from Rameaus French Baroque opera fits the special St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra role of conductor Nicholas McGegan, who is the ensembles Baroque
Like Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 2, Schuberts third symphony
is a youthful work whose precocious skill foreshadows a monumental career.
Schubert, whose career was cut short by his death at the age of 31, was barely
18 years old when he wrote his D-major symphony, in the classical style of
Mozart and Haydn -- formally balanced with pleasing melodies.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, a frequent visitor to the UI, is widely
regarded as Americas premier chamber orchestra. Under the leadership
of McGegan and Creative Chair Bobby McFerrin, with the assistance of prominent
guest conductors, the orchestra presents more than 150 concerts each season
in the Twin Cities and international tours.
In its four-decade history the orchestras artistic leadership has
included many of the leading lights of classical music, including Dennis Russell
Davies, Pinchas Zukerman and Christopher Hogwood.
The orchestras performance broadcasts, produced by Minnesota Public
Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, are heard on more than
160 stations. And their discography, now totaling more than 50 recordings,
features distinguished soloists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Zukerman,
Midori, Isaac Stern and Emanuel Ax.
Gilda Imports is the corporate sponsor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets are $40, $38 and $35. UI students and senior citizens qualify for
a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students
for the special price of $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger
are half price.
Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the
season. A simultaneous purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent
discount, and a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for
a 20-percent discount.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
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People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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