April, 2011Internationally renowned pianist Barry Douglas will join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 on May 6, 7 and 8. Douglas, who in 1986 became the first non-Russian since Van Cliburn to win the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, also won bronze at the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring completes the program. The tone poem Titanic by FWSO composer-in-residence Peter Boyer — whose Ellis Island we performed in March to critical and popular acclaim — will be presented on Saturday and Sunday only. Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts.
The concerts take place at Bass Performance Hall. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$79, available at www.fwsymphony.org or 817-665-6000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 817-665-6000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Learn more about the music at Symphonic Insights, hosted by Shields-Collins “Buddy” Bray, principal keyboardist of the FWSO. The interactive lecture series takes place one hour before each concert in the audience chamber.
Highlights of Barry Douglas’ 2010-11 season include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Singapore Symphony and Ulster Orchestra, among others. In the summer, he returns to the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing the world premiere of a new concerto written for him by Kevin Volans to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Douglas is artistic director of the Clandeboye Festival, Castletown Concerts and Camerata Ireland, which he formed in 1999. His reputation as a conductor has grown since forming Camerata Ireland, and this fall he will make debuts with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, he has made successful debuts with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Indianapolis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Bangkok Symphony and Moscow Philharmonic.
A native of Ireland, Douglas studied at the Belfast School of Music and began conducting at an early age. At 16, he began piano lessons with Felicitas LeWinter, who inspired him to become a pianist. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he studied with John Barstow, and later studied privately with Maria Curcio and Yvegeny Malinin.
These concerts are part of the American Airlines Symphonic Series and are made possible by season sponsors American Airlines, Star-Telegram, North Texas Audi Dealers and Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.
For tickets, visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 817-665-6000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.