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RESPGHI PINES OF ROME
MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8 pm
JOSEPH MEYERHOFF SYMPHONY HALL
Friday, February 1, 2019, 8 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8 pm
Marin Alsop, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op.56a
Ottorino Respighi Brazilian Impressions
Song and dance
The Pines of Rome
The Pines of the Villa Borghese
Pines Near a Catacomb
The Pines of the Janiculum
The Pines of the Appian Way
The concert will end at approximately 10:15 pm on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday.
About the Artists
For Marin Alsop’s bio, please see pg. 7.
Hailed as “the world’s
finest and most
by The Spectator,
Colin Currie is the
soloist of choice for many of today’s
foremost composers, and he performs
regularly with the world’s leading
orchestras and conductors.
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Currie’s commitment to commissioning
and creating new music has been
recognized through many awards,
including the Royal Philharmonic
Society, who awarded him the
Instrumentalist Award in 2015; Royal
Philharmonic Society Young Artist
Award in 2000; and the Borletti-
Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie
has premiered works by composers
such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter,
Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani
Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Andrew
Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico
Muhly. This season, Currie premieres
works by Helen Grime, Simon Holt
and Andy Akiho.
In October 2017 Currie launched
Colin Currie Records, in conjunction
with LSO Live, as a platform for
recording his diverse projects, celebrating
the extraordinary developments for
percussion music in recent times.
The label’s first release was the Colin
Currie Group’s debut recording, Steve
Reich’s Drumming, which was hailed as
“thunderously exciting” by The Times. In
October 2018 Currie released the second
disc in this catalogue, The Scene of The
Crime, which is a collection of works
performed by Colin Currie and Håkan
Hardenberger in their duo recital.
The 2018 –19 season is marked by
many premieres, including new works
for string quartet and percussion by
Simon Holt and Suzanne Farrin with the
JACK Quartet at the BBC Proms, a new
Percussion Concerto by Robert Honstein
with Albany Symphony and the U.S.
premiere of Turnage Martland Memorial
with Minnesota Orchestra.
This season also sees the launch of
Currie’s new percussion quartet, the
Colin Currie Quartet. A dominant
premiere is a work for four marimbas by
Kevin Volans and appearances in their
debut season include the NCPA Beijing,
Wigmore Hall and East Neuk Festival.
Currie’s orchestral engagements include
appearances with the Philharmonia
Orchestra; the Seoul and Zagreb
philharmonics; the Florida Orchestra;
the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; the
GAIDA Festival; and the Lahti, BBC
Scottish, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and
Fort Worth symphonies.
Currie’s dynamic ensemble the Colin
Currie Group was formed in 2006
to celebrate the music of Steve Reich
and made its five-star debut at the
BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s
personal endorsement, Currie and his
ensemble have taken on the role of
ambassadors of Drumming.
Currie is Artist in Association at
London’s Southbank Centre, where
he was the focus of a major percussion
festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014 and
continues to perform there every season.