The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra will perform at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Featuring conductor Philippe Entremont and guest pianist and Grammy nominee Sebastian Knauer, the evening’s program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Lehar and Strauss, among others.
The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra has gained international fame in part thanks to its conductor, Philippe Entremont. This renowned orchestral conductor has a dedication to developing an orchestra’s artistic potential and has helped ensembles achieve international tours throughout Europe and Asia. In 1997, he created the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival in the Dominican Republic.
Awards and accolades are no stranger to Entremont, who has accumulated a vast amount of recognition over the length of his career. For example, he was among the 10 most accomplished pianists selected to perform in the “Piano Extravaganza of the Century” at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. One of the most recorded artists in history, Entremont has appeared on many recording labels including CBS Sony, Teldec, and Harmonia Mundi.
Accompanying Entremont for this concert as guest pianist is Sebastian Knauer. Born in Hamburg in 1971, Knauer has an intense style that has led to much success across the span of his career. He has become a household name internationally and has given performances in more than 50 countries and on four continents. Knauer is also known for his unique program planning, where he exhibits solo recitals and reveals connections between different compositions. Performing on many pieces with his duo-partner, violinist Daniel Hope, Knauer was nominated for Grammy Awards and awards from ECHO Klassic.
The Vienna Concert-Verein’s repertoire ranges from Viennese orchestral pieces to contemporary Austrian music. The orchestra has debuted more than 65 contemporary Austrian pieces. They have gained global stature through their performances at Musikverein in Vienna and tours through Europe and Asia. The ensemble has been welcomed by many prestigious music festivals and concert halls including the Wiener Festwochen, the Bregenz Festival, the Menuhin Festival and many more. This particular tour is special for the ensemble as this is their first time performing in the U.S. Patrons can look forward to selections that include Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37 (performed by Sebastian Knauer); Lehar’s Piave Marsch;and Strauss Jr’s. Voices of Spring Waltz, op. 410, among others.
The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra’s performance is sponsored by the Marshall Artists Series, West Virginia Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Department of Education, Chesapeake Energy, Guyan International, Cabell County Commission, RBC Wealth Management, The Earleen Heiner Agee & Robert W. Agee Fund of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc., Kindred Communications, Edward Tucker Architects, Huntington Federal, Rahall Transportation Institute, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Del. Kevin Craig, Marsha Slater Insurance, Dr. Stephen Nicholas, KEE 100, WVHU, The Herald-Dispatch and WSAZ,
For ticket information, contact the Marshall Artists Series box office at ext. 6-6656, by e-mail at www.marshall.edu/muartser, or visit the Artists Series box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, with hours from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.