Mahler & Saint-Saëns
Critically-acclaimed pianist Sara Buechner returns to perform the glittering, extravagant piano concerto that Camille Saint-Saëns completed in just 17 days, while soprano Maeve Höglund eloquently interprets Gustav Mahler’s entrancing portrait of a child’s view of heaven from his fourth symphony.
Learn more about this program from the conductor and guest artists at Musically Speaking, one hour prior to the start of Saturday’s concert.
MASKING & VACCINATION PROTOCOLS FOR KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL
In order to further protect the health, safety and enjoyment of all, we will be implementing a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and a masking policy for all staff, volunteers, performers and audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall. Alternatively, patrons may show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert start time. Details at bpo.org/safety-protocols.
About Sara Buechner
Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.”
In her twenties, Ms. Buechner earned a bouquet of top prizes at the world’s premiere international piano competitions — Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Leeds, Mozart (Salzburg), Beethoven (Vienna), and Sydney. She was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Gold Medalist of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Ms. Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America — as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. She has toured throughout Latin and South America and Europe; and she enjoys a special following in Asia, where she has been a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and Shanghai Philharmonic, among many others.
She has commissioned and premiered important contemporary scores by composers such as Michael Brown, John Corigliano, Ray Green, Dick Hyman, Vitězslavá Kaprálová, Jared Miller, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Yukiko Nishimura. Ms. Buechner’s performance versatility extends to unique collaborations with film and dance (including tours with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Japanese kabuki-mime-mask dancer Yayoi Hirano).
Ms. Buechner has released numerous acclaimed recordings of rare piano music by composers such as Rudolf Friml (“a revelation” — The New York Times), Dana Suesse, Joseph Lamb, Joaquín Turina, Miklós Rózsa, and Ferruccio Busoni (including the world première recording of the BachBusoni “Goldberg” Variations). Stereophile magazine selected her Gershwin CD as “Recording of the Month,” and her interpretation of Hollywood Piano Concertos won Germany’s coveted Deutsches Schauplatten Preis. Most recently her recorded traversal of the score to Carl Dreiser’s silent movie classic Master of the House (1925) may be heard on Criterion Collection DVD.
Sara Davis Buechner joined the faculty of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2016, after previously teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of British Columbia. She has presented masterclasses and workshops at major pedagogic venues worldwide, adjudicated important international piano competitions, and is also a contributing editor for Dover Publications International. In 2017, Ms. Buechner marked her 30th year as a dedicated Yamaha Artist.
As a proud transgender woman, Ms. Buechner also appears as a speaker and performer at important LGBTQ events, and has contributed interviews and articles about her own experience to numerous media outlets worldwide. Sara is a dual American-Canadian citizen who makes her home in Philadelphia.
About Maeve Höglund
The New York Times praised Maeve Höglund as “a striking soprano,” and Opera News quoted her having “a wealth of dynamic control and formidable florid technique.”
“All Lucias are judged by their mad scene, but from the moment Höglund offered us her ‘Regnava nel silenzio’ in the first act, we were promised good things to come… she has a seamless column of sound, and an instrument flexible enough to take on what is some of the most demanding coloratura singing in all of opera… Höglund’s singing is compelling but so is her acting, which was more restrained, but as effective, as another great actress-singer and interpreter of the role, Anna Netrebko.”
– DC Metro Theatre Arts
“The cast is headed by soprano Maeve Höglund as Lola…. she emerges as a superstar who encompasses brilliant high notes and chesty low ones with strong dramatic flair and believable acting.” said of performance in David Hertzberg’s, The Wake World.
In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Höglund sang Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and in concert as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Maryland Lyric Opera, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Oregon Symphony. She was also awarded a career grant from The Opera Awards Foundation.
Ms. Höglund made her Opera Philadelphia debut in the 2017-18 season as Lola in the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s award-winning opera The Wake World. She also made her Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and was soloist in Messiah with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She returned to the role of Susanna later in the season with Opera Maine, and joined the Maryland Lyric Opera Studio as an artist in residence.
Recordings include: David Hertzberg’s opera, The Wake World, released by Tzadik Records, Stefan Weisman’s opera, Darkling, released by Albany Records, as well as a collection of works for the voice by Mira J. Spektor, Summer and Winter Songs, released by Navona Records.
Distinctions include winner of an Opera Awards Foundation Grant, Giulio Gari Foundation Scholarship, Gerda Lissner Award recipient and Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition winner.
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