World famous pianist to perform at PPO concert

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 19 Aug 2019

The Penang Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming concert – ‘Reformation’ symphony – is a Germanic programme spanning from the Baroque to the early Romantic period.

The programme will feature George Frideric Handel’s Water Music Suite, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5.

World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough will be performing.

His list of achievements spans from regular appearances with the world’s top-tier orchestras to being a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the first classical music recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

Conductor Ciaran McAuley said that while the Beethoven and Mendelssohn pieces are well- known to music lovers, the Handel is more obscure.

“I am delighted to present this piece in arrangement with Irish composer Hamilton Harty.

“Whether you are a classical music novice, a PPO regular or an all-round music enthusiast, this concert will excite and risk all.

“PPO and Penang are now attracting musicians the likes of which are few and far between, and perhaps this ‘Reformation’ will be the catalyst for a new and exciting concert venue in the years to come, ” he said.

McAuley, who is the former resident conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra said he hoped Hough, who is an award-winning poet, writer, painter and composer among many other things, would be coaxed back to Penang time and time again after this concert.

The concert will be held at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town, on Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are priced at RM80 (adult) and RM50 (student) and can be bought at Dewan Sri Pinang on the day of the concert, Bentley Music at Gurney Paragon.

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