Garrick Ohlsson joins the QCSO for Masterworks II
Davenport, IA – American piano master, Garrick Ohlsson, returns to the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 1989 as it continues its season-long musical exploration of rivers around the world with Masterworks II: River Romance on November 5 and 6.
Ohlsson’s appearance follows his critically-acclaimed performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra earlier this season. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. As the only American to have won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition, he is regarded at one of the finest pianists of his generation.
Thanks to generous grants from Scott County Regional Authority and Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Ohlsson will debut the QCSO’s newly renovated Steinway grand piano with his performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, arguably the most challenging piano concerto ever written. Also featured on the program are the mystic beauty of Tobias Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers, Smetana’s colorful river poem The Moldau, and three magical selections from Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ohlsson’s performance is sponsored by Scott County Regional Authority with additional support from Regional Development Authority, and Iowa Arts Council. Tickets start at $12 adult and $6 student, and are available online at www.qcso.org, by phone at 563.322.7276 or at the QCSO box office: 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801.