The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. The program, “Pianos/Pianists,” will feature pianists Alessio Bax and Wu Han from the Chamber Music Society along with special guest Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for the concert are $40 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400.
The concert will include some of the most popular piano music from the 20th century with Debussy’s Petite Suite, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini.
Spano has served as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and is well-known to Athens audiences from his many Performing Arts Center appearances at the conductor’s podium. He is also a highly regarded pianist, and this concert marks his Hodgson Hall debut as a musician.
Han is co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in 2012 was recognized by Musical America as Musician of the Year. Bax was first prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, and he was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009.
This concert is part of a season-long partnership between the UGA Performing Arts Center and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, establishing the greatest presence in one location for the Chamber Music Society outside of New York City.
The concert will be recorded for national broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, heard by 1.4 million listeners around the country.