<August 2016>

The Planets

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, May 3 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 4 – 8:00 PM

Concert Description

LIGETI Lontano for Orchestra
IVES Symphony No. 4*
HOLST The Planets

*encore performance led by Leonard Slatkin


John Storgårds, conductor  Bio

John Storgårds is the Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and was recently announced as the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for the20 12/2013 season. John Storgårds is one of Finland's exceptional artists and has taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. He has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, and is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming and commitment to contemporary music. He additionally holds the title of Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, giving some of Europe's most imaginative concerts north of the Arctic Circle.

Rafal Blechacz, piano   Bio

Born in 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland, Rafal Blechacz began his piano studies at age five, and continued his musical education at the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz.  In May 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and has since won many prestigious prizes and awards at music festivals and competitions in Poland and worldwide. In July 2010, he received the prestigious Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), awarded annually by an international jury of music critics to young musicians for superb artistic achievements. Presently, Mr. Blechacz records with Deutsche Grammophon, and has achieved Platinum Record status for his complete Chopin Preludes.

Women of the Michigan State University Chorale and State Singers, women's chorus   


BERNSTEIN Serenade (after Plato's "Symposium")  
LIGETI Lontano for Orchestra  
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2