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ASO Welcomes Back Van Cliburn Gold Medalist

May 9, 2012
  • Who: Jon Nakamatsu with the Austin Symphony
  • When: Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: Tickets start at $19

The Austin Symphony closes its regular classical concert series on June 1st & 2nd as the ASO welcomes back world-acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu for performances of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Performances will be held in Dell Hall of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts are proudly sponsored by Slack & Davis, LLP and Frost Bank.

Zack Stanton – Triple Venti Latté (premiere of orchestral version)
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Nielsen – Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 – Sinfonia Espansiva

The evening begins with the orchestral premiere of Zach Stanton’s Triple Venti Latté. An American composer from Conway, Arkansas, Stanton is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin where he is an assistant instructor of Music Theory and assistant director of the New Music Ensemble. Triple Venti Latté premiered in 2008 as a chamber work, written for the UT New Music Ensemble. The new orchestral version premiering at these performances was created at the invitation of Maestro Peter Bay.

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu then takes center stage for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Mr. Nakamatsu’s brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Gerard Schwarz, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan.

After a brief intermission, Maestro Bay and the ASO return to present the Third Symphony of Danish composer Carl August Nielsen. Nielsen is widely recognized as Denmark’s greatest composer. He was also a conductor and violinist. While his early music was inspired by composers such as Brahms and Grieg, he soon started to develop his own style, first experimenting with progressive tonality and later diverging even more radically from the standards of composition still common at the time.

Patrons can enjoy the Pre-Concert Talks with Bob Buckalew at 7:10 p.m.

Tickets for Jon Nakamatsu with the Austin Symphony start at $19. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).