WHO: Austin Symphony
WHAT: Classical Conert — Earl Wild
WHEN: January 17 & 18; 8:00 PM
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall
PRICE: $11 – $25 per ticket
CONTACT: Nan Schwetman or Anne Lasseigne 476-6064 or 343-6513 (evenings, weekends)


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Pianist Earl Wild will play with the Austin Symphony on January 17 and 18 under the direction of ASO Music Director Candidate JoAnn Falletta, 8:00 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall. Mr. Wild will play Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A moner, Op. 16. Also on the program are Ravel’s Suite from Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose) and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.

Earl Wild is an eminent musician who is considered internationally as on of the last in a long line of great virtuoso pianis/composers. He has performed personally for Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.

In 1937 Earl Wild joined the NBC network as staff pianist performing with the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. In 1939, when NBC transmitted its first commercial live musical telecast, Mr. Wild became the first artist to perform a piano recital on U.S. television. In1942 Toscanini made Earl Wild a household name when he invited him to be the soloist for Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue." It was the first performance of "Rhapsody" for both conductor and pianist, and although Mr. Wild had not played any of Gershwin’s other compositions, he was immediately hailed as the major interpreter of Gershwin.

Heralded by Los Angeles Times as "one of the brightest stars of symphonic music in America," JoAnn Falletta is Music Director of the Virginia and Long Beach syphony orchestras. Winner of the prestigious Stokowski, Toscanini and Bruno Wlater awards, Maestra Falletta has appeared with many leading North American orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the symphony orchestras of Buffalo, Columbus, Denver, Phoenix, St. Paul, San Diego and Toledo.

Ms. Falletta has been Music Directory of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra since 1991. She also serves as Music Director of the Long Beach Symphony and the San Fransisco-based Women’s Philharmonic. With her appointment in Long Beach, Maestra Falletta became the first American woman to lead a regional orchestra. Ms. Falletta received her Doctorate in Conducting from the Julliard School in 1989.

Tickets for the concert range from $11-$25 and are available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River, or by calling 476-6064 or 1888-4-MAESTRO with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card.

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

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