GRAND OPERA HOUSE
January 25, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
January 27, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk led by David Amado held in the
Wesler Room at The Grand Opera House one hour prior to each
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Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor for Piano and Orchestra,
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, op. 95, E-minor "From the New World"
the pen of Maestro Amado:
DSO comes back to life with a concert featuring Dvorák’s postcard from
America, his ‘New World’ Symphony---brimming with melodic
inventiveness, fueled by his love for spirituals and Native American
culture. The concert begins with the prelude to Humperdinck’s magical
opera Hänsel und Gretel, followed by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first foray
into the world of piano concertos---a dazzling work filled with lush
harmonies, soaring tunes and pianistic pyrotechnics---all delivered by
the DSO’s own pianist, Lura Johnson. Click here for the full program
named a Steinway Artist, has established herself as one of the
Mid-Atlantic’s most prominent ensemble pianists. Hailed as
“brilliant” by the Washington Post, Ms. Johnson is celebrated for her
passionate and insightful interpretations of the standard repertoire,
and esteemed by colleagues for her uncommon sensitivity and skill as a
collaborative partner. Trained by luminaries Leon Fleisher
Robert McDonald, she is the Principal Pianist of the Delaware Symphony
and has performed regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under
the direction of Marin Alsop since 2007. She has collaborated
extensively in orchestral performances and recordings with such artists
as Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Leila Josefowicz, and Jean-Yves
Thibaudet. Ms. Johnson has performed as soloist with the
Baltimore Symphony, as well as with regional orchestras in Maryland,
Ohio, Delaware, and Massachusetts.
Johnson was most recently appointed Artistic Director of Baltimore
chamber music series Music in the Great Hall, a well-established
Baltimore area series with performances by both emerging and
established artists. A committed teacher, she serves on the faculty of
Peabody Conservatory and the International Music Institute and Festival.
more information, visit www.lurajohnson.com.
concerts in the Classical Series