The Russians are coming, putting all the colours of the orchestra front and centre. Inspired by his friend’s paintings, Mussorgsky’s epic Pictures at an Exhibition paints these pictures in sound. Originally for piano, Ravel created this version for orchestra which makes the colours of the piece even more vibrant. Pianist Minsoo Sohn brought the house down on his last visit and returns to show off his incredible colour on the piano.
Blaze (Vivian Fung)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Rachmaninov)*
Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)
GUEST ARTIST/ Monsoo Sohn – Sponsored by Graham & Judy Burns
Pianist Minsoo Sohn has been described by the Boston Globe as an artist, a man who will create a life in music, find listeners, and reward them. Known as a performer with poetic vision and musical intelligence, Sohn continues to garner praise from critics and audiences alike for his masterful virtuosity and deep musicianship. The latest accolade, published in The New York Times, called his Honens-label recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations a “beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation” and named it one of the top classical recordings of 2011. An avid chamber musician, Sohn has performed with Aviv Quartet, Cecilia Quartet and Ysaÿe Quartet, Israel Camerata Woodwind Quintet and Gryphon Trio. In January 2010, he collaborated with Mark Morris Dance Group alongside Russell Sherman and the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music in the Boston premiere of Mozart Dances presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. Sohn’s notable interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been broadcast numerous times on CBC — including live broadcast of the Glenn Gould 75th birthday commemoration concert — and across the United States on NPR’s Performance Today. He made guest appearances in a number of other radio stations, including WFMT (Chicago), WGBH Classical Performance (Boston), The New Classical 96.3FM Live from the Concert Lobby (Toronto) and CBC Live on Studio Sparks (Ottawa). His performance with Boston Symphony Salute to Symphony concert was broadcast on CBS and A&E Channels. Sohn was also featured on Canada’s Bravo! channel. Born in Korea, Sohn began piano studies at age three. He moved to Boston to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at New England Conservatory where he recieved his artist diploma in 2004. He is currently on the faculty of Michigan State University.