Boulder Phil at 60
Sunday, September 24, 2017—2 PM
Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex, Denver
Sunday, September 24, 2017—7 PM
(Note earlier start time)
CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS Dreamtime Ancestors
A “Made in America” co-commission, with performances in all 50 states
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor
Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Van Cliburn Gold Medalist
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7
We are thrilled to welcome back Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu to open our season with Schumann’s beloved piano concerto. Dvorak’s colorful 7th Symphony bathes the hall in the spirit of Bohemia, and we present a new work inspired by Aboriginal folklore by leading composer Christopher Theofanidis, a Boulder Phil co-commission.
“He has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants.”
~The New York Times
6 PM - Free Pre-Concert Talk with Michael Butterman and Jon Nakamatsu
Tickets start at $13; Students $5!
About Jon Nakamatsu
American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk.
Mr. Nakamatsu's extensive recital tours throughout the U.S. and Europe have featured appearances in New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan. He has worked with various chamber ensembles - among them the Brentano, Tokyo, Kuss, Jupiter, Cypress, Prazak and Ying String Quartets - and has toured repeatedly with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA, which has released 13 CDs to date. His all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F rose to number three on Billboard's classical music charts, earning extraordinary critical praise. Other acclaimed releases include an all-Liszt disc featuring the "Dante Sonata"; a recording of Brahms' Piano Sonata in F minor; and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. www.jonnakamatsu.com