Pianist Garrick Ohlsson Opens 2014-2015 Candler Concert Series

Garrick Ohlsson © Pier Andrea Morolli

September 9, 2014

Master pianist Garrick Ohlsson opens the 2014-15 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, bringing his magisterial interpretations and technical prowess to Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts September 26 at 8 p.m.

Since his triumph at the 1970 Chopin International Competition (where he became the only American ever to win the gold medal), Ohlsson has established himself worldwide for his masterful performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. A distinctive American aspect marks his interpretations, technically flawless and free of Romantic mannerisms.

Ohlsson¿s recordings can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA, Nonesuch, and Virgin Classics labels among many others. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven sonatas (Bridge Records) has garnered critical acclaim, including a Grammy for Volume 3. In 2011, he released a recording of Rachmaninoff¿s Concerto No. 3 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano.

His Emory program includes Beethoven¿s Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109, a late period style work juxtaposing passages of great tenderness and lucidity with eruptions of raw energy and emotion, as well as Mazurka in A Minor, op. 7 No. 2 and Sonata in B Minor, op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.

The second half of the program is dedicated to a journey through the life and works of Alexander Scriabin. Mystic, visionary, virtuoso, and composer, Scriabin dedicated his life to creating musical works that would, as he believed, open the portals of the spiritual world.

Garrick Ohlsson, piano, performs in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on September 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 full price and $44 for qualifying discount category members. Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050, or online at tickets.arts.emory.edu. More information about the concert and the Candler Concert Series can be found at arts.emory.edu/candler.

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Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series
Each year the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series brings internationally renowned artists to Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Candler artists range from large ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic and Taipei Chinese Orchestra to solo artists like violinist Hilary Hahn and baritone Thomas Hampson.