Seattle Symphony Celebrates Mozart

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Audiences will see double when pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham join Seattle Symphony for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E-flat major, No. 10.

Music Director Gerard Schwarz will conduct the program, which also includes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a and Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. Performances will take place on Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation at Benaroya Hall.

Jon Kimura Parker

The New York Times calls Parker, “an insightful energetic soloist.” An internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Japanese-Canadian Jon Kimura Parker has had an extraordinary career that has taken him from Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Festival Hall to Baffin Island and Zimbabwe. An ambassador of music for Canada, Parker has given two command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, as well as special performances for the United States Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He also is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian honor.

Parker has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and NHK Tokyo Orchestra, and with the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montreal, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Toronto. An active media personality, Parker has hosted Bravo! Canada’s Whole Notes, a classical music television series, and CBC Radio Two's five-part series Up and Coming, a showcase of young musicians. He has also performed on the Disney Channel’s Under the Umbrella Tree, PBS’s The Visionaries and on CNN in a special performance in war-torn Sarajevo.

Parker regularly collaborates with the Tokyo Quartet and cellist Lynn Harrell; he also has performed with Doc Severinsen, Bobby McFerrin, Audra McDonald and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. On the Telarc label, with musicians including Loel Levi, Sir Andre Previn and Peter Schickele. A committed educator, Parker is a Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the E. Stephen Purdom Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and an Honorary Co-Chair of the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. He also serves as the Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, near Seattle.

Orli Shaham

A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently praised Shaham for her "wit, passion, delicacy and humor" in a performance with the St. Louis Symphony. Recent highlights include a debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic led by Claus Peter Flor and at the Proms with the BBC Symphony at Royal Albert Hall. Other highlights include a return engagement with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia; a performance of John Adams’ Century Rolls at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West; and a special appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall, where she performed sonatas by Brahms with her brother, violinist Gil Shaham.

She has performed with many of the world major orchestras, including the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, St. Louis and San Francisco symphonies; and internationally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Taiwan Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her career on stage, Shaham is a respected broadcaster, music writer and lecturer. In 2002, she served as an artist-in-residence on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and, in 2005, she created Dial-A-Musician on the Classical Public Radio Network, a program during which listeners pose a question and Shaham “dials up” her expert guest for his or her insights. Past guests have included John Adams, Yefim Bronfman, and Emanuel Ax, among other luminaries of our time. In 2008–2009, Shaham served as Chamber Music Essentials lecturer for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She also has taught music literature at Columbia University; contributed articles to Piano Today, Symphony, and Playbill magazines; and both curates and performs in the Pacific Symphony's chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California. -- www.seattlesymphony.org

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