France's La Roque d'Anth_ron Piano Festival Announces Lineup

Classic Arts News   France's La Roque d'Anth_ron Piano Festival Announces Lineup
The 26th La Roque d'Anth_ron International Piano Festival will include a world premiere by Oliver Messiaen and performances by Jonathan Biss, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, organizers announced.

The festival runs run July 20-August 22 in the tiny Provence town for which it is named, north of Aix-en-Provence.

The program includes tributes to Mozart, Shostakovich, and Bart‹k, on the 250th, 100th, and 125th anniversaries of their births, respectively, as well as a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Schumann's death. On August 16, Momo Kodama and Isabelle Faust will give the first-ever performance of Messiaen's Fantasia for Violin and Piano.

Hough's performance will include his own composition Three Mozart Transformations, as well as works by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, and Busoni. Composer and pianist Lera Auerbach will perform her own work and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Other pianists on the schedule include Boris Beresovsky, Ivo Pogorelich, Till Fellner, and Rafal Blechacz, among many others. Orchestral concerts feature the English Chamber Orchestra, Concerto K‹ln, and Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra.

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