I have a pretty full dance card this week, starting tonight with George Li, the exciting young American pianist who won second prize at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition.
Presented by Roland Graham’s Master Piano Recital Series at Southminster United Church, Li plays a beefy program of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations, Liszt’s Consolation No. 3 and second Hungarian Rhapsody, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31 no. 3; and Haydn’s B Minor Sonata.
It’s NACO Thursday with Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds conducting Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6, the Nielsen rarity An Imaginary trip to the Faroe Islands, and the Rach 3 with guest soloist Denis Khozukhin. Here’s a taste of the Nielsen, technically a “Rhapsody-Overture”, with Kristjan Järvi conducting the Berlin Phil:
On Sunday, I’ll be hearing Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman at the National Gallery of Canada, part of NACO’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon series. She’ll be singing Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Schubert’s Die Forelle. I’m hoping she’ll include some encores off her newest CD of African-American spirituals, Songs of Freedom.
NACO members will also play Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Schoenberg’s chamber arrangement of the other Strauss’ Rosen aus dem Süden Waltz.
On another topic, I’m excited to share the news that I’ve started writing about classical music for Ottawa Magazine. They have an innovative editorial team and we’ve already been discussing lots of cool ideas for covering Ottawa’s vibrant classical scene. Look for my first piece in their upcoming issue.