Boca Raton Symphonia Concert To Feature Double Piano Concerto

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you enjoy a little symphony now and then, you will most assuredly enjoy the Boca Raton Symphonia Concert scheduled for March 18th. Not one, but two – count ’em, two — talented pianists will take to the stage.

Here’s more from the just-issued media release.

The Boca Raton Symphonia’s March 18th concert, part of the organization’s Connoisseur Concert Series, will feature Sebastian Knauer as Piano Soloist.  Phillipe Entremont, Principal Conductor, will join Knauer in a special Double Piano Concerto.  A free pre-concert talk will be presented by Dr. Kyle Prescott at 1:45 p.m. He will discuss the compositions being performed at the concert.  The performance begins promptly at 3:00 pm. and takes place at Roberts Theater, Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road.  Tickets are $35-$62.

The program includes Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052, Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto in E-Flat Major, K. 365 and Poulenc’s Sinfonietta. 

Steve Pomeranz, President of the Symphonia Board said, “Two pianos are always something special at a classical concert.  And with two of the top pianists in the world, this should be a very exciting concert!”

A prize-winning pianist, Sebastian Knauer has performed internationally in major concert halls such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Between 1999 and 2002 Knauer played and conducted all 27 Mozart Piano Concertos with the Hamburg Philharmonic. Together with Philippe Entremont, he regularly performs repertoire for two pianos, including the Double Concertos of Mozart and Mendelssohn.

 

Knauer has recorded the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin, Barber, Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwin for Berlin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, The CD “East meets West,” which he recorded with Daniel Hope, won the German “ECHO” and was nominated for a 2005 Grammy. His CD with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg was celebrated as one of the best Mozart recordings. For his CD with music by Franz Schubert, Gramophone magazine titled its review with the words: “Poise and discipline from a pianist we must hear more from.” His CD “Pure Mendelssohn” was the Gramophone editor’s choice recording of the month for March 2009.

Philippe Entremont’s career began at the age of eighteen when he came to international attention playing at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Since then, he has pursued an international career as a pianist, and for the last 30 years, on the podium as well. The 2011-2012 season has taken Entremont all over the world, with many orchestral tours, including the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Festival Orchestra, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.  

As conductor, Entremont has toured with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra ten times in the United States and seven in Japan; with the Orquestra de Cadaqués, eleven concerts in capitals of countries in Asia; and with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, a tour in Switzerland and Germany. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, he has led tours internationally, as well.

In 1997, Entremont founded the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival, of which he is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra.  He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués. He was Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and is now their Conductor Laureate.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.bocasymphonia.org or call 561-376-3848.

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