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TURANGALÎLA-SYMPHONIE “ THIS WAS SUBLIME MUSIC-MAKING” — THE BALTIMORE SUN JOIN US AS WE RETURN TO SHRIVER HALL AFTER AN 18-MONTH RENOVATION. JOHANNES MOSER, CELLO TILL FELLNER, PIANO Works by Stravinsky, Webern, Beethoven, Debussy Sun, Mar 3 | 5:30pm HAGEN QUARTET JÖRG WIDMANN, CLARINET Works by Dvořák, Jörg Widmann, Mozart Sun, Mar 24 | 5:30pm PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, PIANO Works by Bach, Beethoven Sun, Apr 7 | 5:30pm ARCANGELO JONATHAN COHEN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HARPSICHORD, ORGAN JOÉLLE HARVEY, SOPRANO Works by Handel, Bach, Buxtehude Sun, May 12 | 5:30pm 4-Concert Subscription: $129 Single Tickets: $42 Student Tickets: $10 restrictions apply GET YOUR SEAT TODAY! SHRIVERCONCERTS.ORG 410.516.7164 12 OV E R T U R E / BSOmusic.org In 2018 –19 he renews many longstanding musical partnerships, including touring a program of Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Enescu with Midori; touring the great concert halls of Europe with Lisa Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon; and performing chamber music with brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. With Gautier  he also premieres Richard Dubugnon’s  Eros Athanatos, a fantaisie concertante for cello and piano, with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. They go on to perform the piece with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra across Belgium, at the Klavier- Festival Ruhr and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. With the Cleveland Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Thibaudet plays another piece that he introduced to the world: James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3. As one of the premiere interpreters of the solo part in Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, Thibaudet continues to perform the piece around the world as the composer’s centennial year comes to a close. In addition to playing it with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the orchestra’s first- ever appearance at the BBC Proms, he performs it with the Los Angeles and Brussels philharmonics and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  Thibaudet expresses his passion for education and fostering young musical talent as the first-ever Artist-in-Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. The school has extended the residency for an additional three years and has announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships to provide aid for Music Academy students, whom Thibaudet will select for the merit-based awards regardless of their instrument choice.  Thibaudet’s recording catalogue has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize and Gramophone awards. He was the soloist on the Oscar-winning and critically acclaimed film Atonement, as well as Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Wakefield. His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. Jean-Yves Thibaudet last appeared with the BSO in August 2018, performing Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, Marin Alsop, conductor. About the Concert TURANGALÎLA-SYMPHONIE Olivier Messiaen Born in Avignon, France, December 10, 1908; died in Clichy, France, April 27, 1992 Olivier Messiaen was one of the 20 th century’s great originals: a deeply religious composer who utterly transformed the way music sounded and operated as he sought to express the mysteries of Christianity. His musical talent appeared early, and at age ten, he became a student at the hallowed Conservatoire de Paris, taking his harmony lessons alongside adults. After winning many prizes, he graduated in 1930 and, a year, later became the organist at Paris’ La Trinité, a post he held until the end of his life. His ear for instrumental color was extraordinary: he actually saw sounds as colors in the visual spectrum. Messiaen wrote that the most important things in his life were “God, love and Nature.” His music was mystical and often radiantly joyous, sounding like no one else’s before or since. In 1945, Serge Koussevitzky, then music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, offered the 36-year-old Messiaen the kind of commission few composers have ever had the good fortune to receive. “Write me the work you want to, in the style you want, as long as you want and with the instrumental formation you want.” The resulting work was the Turangalîla-symphonie, an immense work in every way: ten movements, lasting some 80 minutes and scored for an orchestra of more than 100 players, including a virtuoso