Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has an international reputation as a truly versatile artist. Returning to the Festival, Kahane will serve as conductor and soloist on the piano and the fortepiano in this concert comprising members of the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. They will perform one of Mozart’s greatest concertos as well as works by Ravel and Haydn, the latter conducted and performed from the fortepiano – as it would have been in Haydn’s time.
A pre-concert talk by Zaide Pixley, Dean of the First Year and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College, will be held from 7 to 7:45 PM in the Chenery Auditorium Reception Room preceding the concert. Free to ticket holders.
|MOZART||Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467|
|RAVEL||Le Tombeau de Couperin|
|HAYDN||Symphony No. 98 in B-flat (fortepiano)|
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams.
Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, Mr. Kahane has given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta. He appears as soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony and is also a popular figure at all of the major US summer festivals. Kahane is equally well-known for his collaborations with artists and chamber ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Quasthoff and the Emerson and Takacs Quartets.
Jeffrey Kahane made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. Since then, he has guest conducted many of the major US orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis and New World symphonies among others. Currently in his 19th season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Kahane concluded his tenure as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony in June 2010 and for ten seasons was Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he is now Conductor Laureate. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras and received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He is also the Artistic Director of the new Green Music Center Chamber Fest in Sonoma, CA, which had its inaugural season in June 2015.