08 Jan 2016

Drumroll, Please

Drumroll, Please
Featuring Grammy Award winners Maestro David Alan Miller & Percussionist Colin Currie

Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.Blaisdell Concert Hall

Recognized for his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality” (Guardian), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. The Scottish percussionist will make his Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra debut with Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, a Grammy award-winning piece which was written for Currie. Leading the orchestra is Grammy-Award winning conductor, David Alan Miller, music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Miller will conclude the program with Beethoven’s humorous and vibrant Symphony No.2 in D Major.

Concert Program

Higdon – Percussion Concerto
Beethoven –
Symphony No.2 in D Major

Tickets are now available exclusively through the Blaisdell Box Office and Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-300).

$13 student rush tickets and $20 active-duty military tickets are available with a valid ID. Must purchase in person at the Blaisdell box office.

 

David Alan Miller, ConductorDavid Alan Miller

Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. He and the orchestra have twice appeared at “Spring For Music,” an annual festival of America’s most creative orchestras at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.  Other accolades include Columbia University’s 2003 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.

During the 2014-15 season Mr. Miller will make guest appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony and the National Orchestral Institute. Other upcoming appearances include return engagements with the Vietnamese National Orchestra in Hanoi in March, the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival in July, and Portugal’s Estoril Festival, also in July. Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Mr. Miller has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, including the orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony, the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition, he has appeared frequently throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East as guest conductor.  He made his first guest appearance with the BBC Scottish Symphony in March, 2014.

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Colin Currie, PercussionColin Currie

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (Spectator), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the leading orchestras and conductors.

A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s unrivalled commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award for his achievements in 2014. From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by many composers, and is Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include the world premiere of HK Gruber’s into the open… at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic followed by the Austrian premiere at Wien Modern with the Vienna Symphony in November 2015. Currie also performs the US premiere of MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 at Cabrillo Festival with Marin Alsop conducting, and further performances with Baltimore Symphony and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. He makes his Edinburgh International Festival debut performing the MacMillan with Royal Scottish National Orchestra followed by a chamber programme at Queen’s Hall.

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Concert Conversations with the Guest Artists

Ticket-holders are invited to join us for Concert Conversations, starting one hour before each performance in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Concert Conversations are included with your ticket — don’t miss out!

Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets are now available exclusively through the Blaisdell Box Office and Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-300).

$13 student rush tickets and $20 active-duty military tickets are available with a valid ID. Must purchase in person at the Blaisdell box office.

 

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