Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 7:30 PM at Macky Auditorium, CU Campus
Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 6:30 PM at Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director
SATIE (arr. DEBUSSY): Two Gymnopédies
HANSON: Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, PIANO
Indulge your senses with an evening of lush music infused with the spirit of France. We open with Satie’s familiar Gymnopédies and the colorful and cinematic “Romantic” Symphony by Howard Hanson. The spirit of American jazz animates Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G featuring Benjamin Hochman, 2011 recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, awarded to young artists on the cusp of brilliant solo careers. Gershwin’s ever-popular An American in Paris evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s.
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FREE Musical Insights on Jan. 14:
10 AM - SuperListening Club with Don Campbell, Macky Auditorium Room 102
6:30 PM - Pre-Concert Talk featuring insights from a variety of guest speakers, Macky Auditorium
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Winner of 2011's prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has achieved widespread acclaim for his effortless and thoughtful performances as an accomplished orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. After his successful recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he became a strong musical presence in New York through his concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra, his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and appearances at the 92nd Street Y. Mr. Hochman has performed with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, American, Cincinnati, Houston Symphony and Istanbul State Orchestras, the Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, New Jersey and Portland Symphonies, the New York String Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada under eminent conductors such as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Leon Botstein, Nir Kabaretti, Jaime Laredo, Jun Märkl, Daniel Meyer, Arthur Post, Lucas Richman, Bramwell Tovey, Kaspar Zehnder and Pinchas Zukerman. He has appeared in his native Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloists, the Raanana and Jerusalem Symphonies, and has joined conductor Pinchas Zukerman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a Mozart Piano Concerto project with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Highlights of Mr. Hochman's 2011-2012 season include solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Jerusalem and Washington, DC, performing works by Bartók, Brahms, Schubert and Peter Lieberson. At his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music, he performs alongside such distinguished artists as oboist Liang Wang and violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh. He performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and Piano with violinist Jennifer Koh and the Asheville Symphony. He takes part in two performances at New York's 92nd Street Y celebrating violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo's 70th birthday as well as chamber music performances with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble.
Born in Jerusalem, Benjamin Hochman began his studies with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and Emanuel Krasovsky in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music where his principal teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode. Mr. Hochman's studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and he is an Associate Professor of Piano at East Carolina University. Benjamin Hochman is a Steinway Artist and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Jennifer Koh. His website is www.benjaminhochman.com.