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Jeremy Denk makes CSO debut, Dec 8

On December 8, American pianist Jeremy Denk makes his hotly-anticipated debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. For three performances from December 8-10, under the direction of guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Denk plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto – the composer’s first in a minor key, and the one that marked his break with the Classical style. It was with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto that Denk made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut this past March, stepping in at the eleventh hour to replace Martha Argerich (under conductor Gustavo Dudamel). The Los Angeles Times found his performance “riveting”; afterwards, “the audience erupted in applause and wouldn’t let Denk go” (Huffington Post). Likewise, the Detroit Free Press found his to be “the most viscerally exciting, emotionally absorbing, and intellectually rich account of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto that [the reviewer had] ever heard in concert.” The pianist reprises the work for his return to Carnegie Hall’s main stage with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on February 16, 2012, led by famed British conductor Sir Roger Norrington.
In addition to his work as recital and orchestral soloist, Denk looks forward to resuming two of his long-term chamber partnerships. First he joins violinist Joshua Bell for duo recitals in Boston and on a European tour; he then returns to the 92nd Street Y for a sixth season of Family Music with Steven Isserlis. Denk has previously collaborated with the British cellist on many family chamber concerts, each of which offers an introduction to the life and music of one of the great composers; in last December’s “Hardboiled Genius,” he served as guest artistic director to introduce the life and work of Stravinsky. On March 4, supported by violinists Daniel Philips and Pamela Frank, and with narration by Judy Kuhn, Denk and Isserlis join forces to present “The Prodigy and the Ponytail: The Life and Music of Mozart” – a family-friendly introduction to the astonishing child prodigy who is among the most beloved composers of all time.
A list of Denk’s upcoming engagements follows below, and much additional information is available at his web site: The site includes the versatile pianist’s blog, Think Denk, which has earned plaudits among the cognoscenti; the New Yorker’s Alex Ross calls Denk “one of the most interesting writers I know.”
Jeremy Denk’s upcoming engagements
Dec 8–10
Chicago, IL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Jan 12
Boston, MA
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Concerts with Joshua Bell
Bach: Partita No. 5 in G, BWV 829
Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Jan 15
Beacon, NY
Howland Cultural Center
Jan 19 and 20
Oberlin, OH
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Performance / Master Class
Feb 2
Birmingham, AL
Samford University
Performance / Master Class
Feb 7
Philadelphia, PA
Perelman Theater – Kimmel Center
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Feb 12
Beacon, NY
Howland Cultural Center
Feb 16
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Sir Roger Norrington
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Feb 23
Scranton, PA
Mellow Theater
Community Concerts at Lackawanna College
Feb 25
Des Moines, IA
Sheslow Auditorium
Drake University
Feb 27
Fort Worth, TX
Bass Performance Hall
Van Cliburn Foundation
Feb 29
Schenectady, NY
Memorial Chapel – Union College
Union College Concerts
March 4
New York, NY
92nd Street Y
Family Program: “The Prodigy With The Ponytail”: The Life and Music of Mozart
March 11
San Francisco, CA
American Mavericks
Cowell: Piano Concerto
Chamber music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
March 22
Ann Arbor, MI
Hill Auditorium
American Mavericks
San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas
March 30
New York, NY
Zankel Hall
American Mavericks
Members of the San Francisco Symphony
April 19 and 21
St. Paul, MN
Music Room at SPCO Center
Kagel: Morceau de Concours for two trumpets
Ives: Largo for violin, clarinet and piano
Ligeti: Selected Études
Ives: Piano Trio
April 20 and 22
St. Paul, MN
Music Room at SPCO Center
Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
May 8–14
European recital tour with Joshua Bell
   May 8: Madrid
   May 9: London
   May 10: Paris
   May 14: Berlin
May 19
Washington, DC
Washington Performing Arts Society
June 3
Chicago, IL
Chicago Symphony presents “The Collaborative Pianist”
June 21–23
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat
July 18
College Park, MD
Gildenhorn Recital Hall
University of Maryland
Kapell Competition
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