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WSO: Hough Plays Dvořák
October 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Featuring Pianist Stephen Hough
REZNICEK Donna Diana Overture
DVOŘÁK Piano Concerto
featuring Stephen Hough
SMETANA The Moldau
SUK Fantastic Scherzo
Our Steinway’s Debut
Thanks to an incredibly generous gift from Russ & Helen Meyer, the Wichita Symphony is the proud new owner of a beautiful Steinway concert grand piano. These are the instrument’s first performances with the Orchestra.
The Best of the Best
Stephen Hough’s 50+ CD recordings, several Grammy nominations, and MacArthur Genius Grant have earned him reputation as “the undisputed top dog among British concert pianists.” (According to The Economist)
A New American Sound
Although Dvořák was Czech, he is credited by many for being the first to solidify a truly American symphonic sound when he moved to the States in 1892. He accomplished this by studying Native American and African American folk tunes of the day, influences that are heard in his “New World” Symphony and “American” String Quartet.
In 1877, the sheet music for the piano duet version of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances completely sold out the day it was released for sale! Imagine if Taylor Swift’s or Beyonce’s newest album was unavailable after only one day of sales!
These performances are made possible in part by a generous gift from an anonymous patron in memory of Robert Weaver and The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation.