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Bach’s Birthday Bash

Saturday, March 25
Kleinhans Music Hall, 8:00 pm

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Today’s pre-eminent Bach interpreter, Angela Hewitt, concludes her week in residence at the BPO with a performance two of Bach’s piano concertos on a program that includes works by Mendelssohn.

Come at 7 PM to hear from the artists in “Musically Speaking,” sponsored by Uniland Development. Also at 7 PM, the Sacred Heart Academy Orchestra performs in Community Spotlight.

Stefan Sanders, conductor
Angela Hewitt, piano/director

Program

MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
BACH Piano Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054
BACH Piano Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”

About Angela Hewitt

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

In 2012/13, Angela Hewitt began a project to perform Bach’s The Art of Fugue in two programmes in major halls worldwide, based around concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of the International Piano Series. This follows on from the celebrated project ‘Angela Hewitt’s Bach Book’ in 2010, where Ms Hewitt gave world premieres of six newly-commissioned works by leading composers at Wigmore Hall.

Angela Hewitt’s award-winning recordings for Hyperion have garnered praise from around the world. Her ten-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times) and has won her a huge following. She has been hailed as “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time” (The Guardian) and “the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come” (Stereophile). Her discography also includes CDs of Beethoven, Schumann, Messiaen, Ravel, Chopin, Couperin, Rameau and Chabrier. Recent releases include a third album of Mozart concertos, a live recording of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, solo discs of Debussy and Fauré, as well as the Schumann Concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Hannu Lintu. Her recording of The Art of Fugue by Bach, released by Hyperion in October 2014, immediately hit the billboard charts in the USA and UK.

Born into a musical family, Angela Hewitt began her piano studies at 3, performing in public at 4 and a year later winning her first scholarship. She then went on to learn with French pianist, Jean-Paul Sévilla. In 1985, she won the Toronto International Bach Piano Competition.

In July 2005, Angela Hewitt launched her own Trasimeno Music Festival in the heart of Umbria near Perugia. An annual event, it draws an international audience to the Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione, on the shores of Lake Trasimeno. Seven concerts in seven days feature Hewitt as a recitalist, chamber musician, song accompanist, and conductor, working with both established and young artists of her choosing.

Angela Hewitt is an Ambassador for The Leading Note Foundation’s “Orkidstra”: a Sistema-inspired, social development program in Ottawa’s inner city which, through the joy of learning and playing music together, teaches children life-skills such as commitment, teamwork and tolerance.

Angela Hewitt was named ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2006 Gramophone Awards. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006. Peterhouse College in Cambridge made her an Honorary Fellow in 2014. She lives in London but also has homes in Ottawa and in Italy.