Join the Richmond Symphony and guest conductor Jacques Houtmann for the fourth Altria Masterworks concert of the season on Saturday, January 14 at 8pm. The performance includes pieces by Wagner, Franck and Chopin, and features award-winning pianist Rémi Geniet, the Florence Robertson Givens Guest Artist. The concert will be held at the Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center.
Check out Houtmann’s work below:
Jacques Houtmann, Music Director of the Richmond Symphony from 1971 through 1987, returns to lead the orchestra as a guest conductor. The concert features one of Franck’s best known works, Symphony in D Minor. In describing the piece, Houtmann says: “The two main dominant spiritual characteristics in Franck’s music are faith and love. But we must not forget that passion is always there, leading the way to a final contemplation.”
The evening will begin with Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser. This romantic German opera tells the story of redemption through sacrificial love and combines two different stories: the legend of Tannhäuser from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (a collection of German folk poetry) an the legend of a singers’ contest.
Following Overture to Tannhäuser will be Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra featuring guest pianist Rémi Geniet. The 22-year-old French pianist has won multiple awards including the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, second prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium, first prize at the Prix du Piano Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, third prize at the 2011 International Telekom Beethoven Competition in Germany, among others. The themes of Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 reflect the Romantic era, while the three movements represent the feelings of passion and unrest.
Adult tickets for Altria Masterworks performances start at $10, college student tickets are $7, and child tickets are free for individuals 17 and under. Purchase tickets online at www.richmondsymphony.com or by calling 1.800.514.ETIX.
The Masterworks series sponsor is Altria. The guest artist sponsor is BrickStreet Insurance Company.