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Austin Symphony to Present US Premiere in Evenings of Newer Music

March 27, 2013
  • Who: Quattro Mani with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • When: May 3 & 4, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
  • Cost: $23-$54

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO continue their 102nd concert season by welcoming celebrated duo pianists Quattro Mani to the ASO stage on Friday and Saturday, May 3rd & 4th at the Long Center for the Performing Arts’ Dell Hall. These performances are proudly sponsored by Bank of America and Baker Botts, LLP.

Beethoven – Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72c
Lansky – Shapeshifters (Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Delius – Prelude to Irmelin
Fitkin – Circuit (for Two Pianos and Orchestra)

The duo piano team Quattro Mani has gained high praise from both critics and audiences for their concerts and recordings. Formed in 1989 by Alice Rybak and Susan Grace, Quattro Mani has performed throughout the USA and Europe. The duo’s special interest in twentieth century repertoire has led to dedications and collaborations with many composers, including George Crumb, Joan Tower, Paul Lansky, Poul Ruders and Frederic Rzewski. Pianists Grace and Rybak bring together two distinguished careers. Each has earned recognition as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad. Both artists share a special interest in the vast repertoire for two pianos and the unique collaboration involved in its performance.

For these concerts, pianist Susan Grace will be joined by the stellar young virtuoso, Steven Beck. Mr. Beck has just returned from Europe, where he recorded Peter Lieberson’s Piano Concerto No. 3 for Bridge Records. He will play in place of Alice Rybak, due to a health emergency.

Quattro Mani will perform two 20th century works for these concerts. First will be the US premiere of British composer Graham Fitkin’s Circuit. On the second half the pair will perform Paul Lansky’s Shapeshifters, a work commissioned by the Alabama Symphony and conductor Justin Brown for Quattro Mani.

Maestro Bay begins the evening with Beethoven’s ultimate overture to his only opera, Fidelio. Bay has been examining the four different overtures for the opera that Beethoven “obsessed” over in the last few concerts. Also presented in this concert will be a fourth overture, the Leonore No. 3. The name of the overture comes from the name of the main character, Leonore, who disguises herself as Fidelio, a guard in a political prison, to rescue her husband, Florestan from death.

These performances also include a work by British composer Frederick Delius, the Prelude to his opera, Irmelin.

Tickets for Quattro Mani with the Austin Symphony range from $23 to $54. 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).