Contact: Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations
December 21, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Fiery Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, winner of the prestigious 2006 Gilmore Artist Award and a musician on a fast track to the top ranks of classical soloists, will make her Oregon Symphony debut as featured performer in the orchestra’s first classical concerts of 2008.
Fliter will perform Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, a work composed when Chopin was still a teen-ager and one much loved for its operatic melodies. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, and 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Fliter, who was born in Buenos Aires in 1973 and now lives in Milan, burst into the headlines in 2006 when she was named the fifth winner of the Gilmore Artist Award, an honor that comes with a $300,000 cash prize and what just may be world’s strangest method of choosing a contest winner ever: Candidates are nominated confidentially, and a panel of six judges spends two years traveling the world in secret to hear them perform without their knowledge.
The award is bestowed once every four years to a pianist the judges feel can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Before Fliter, the two most recent recipients were Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski in 2002 and Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes in 1998.
After Fliter recently performed the same Chopin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Chronicle’s critic wrote: “Fliter did it all, in a performance full of fire and tenderness. Her command of the keyboard is profound.” Critic Anthony Tommasini, in the New York Times, described Fliter as “a rhapsodic Chopin player.” And the Chicago Tribune hailed the “incendiary, in-your-face quality to her playing,” likening Fliter to her stellar fellow Argentine, Martha Argerich.
Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda leads the concert, which also features the first Oregon Symphony performance in more than 30 years of The Miraculous Mandarin, Bela Bartok’s edgy ballet score about a seamy world of violence and prostitution—a work so controversial when it debuted in 1926 that it was banned after its first performance. At these performances, projected supertitles will enable the audience to follow Bartok’s very precise stage directions.
Also on the program: Claude Debussy’s dreamy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the composition best-known, perhaps, from the classic 1940 Walt Disney film Fantasia.
Tickets are available for $15 to $98 at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 during the same hours, or online at any time from the orchestra’s web site, www.orsymphony.org.
Tickets are also available through ticketmaster.com or by calling (503) 790-ARTS. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through the symphony’s group sales hotline, (503) 416-6380.
Classical series concerts of the Oregon Symphony are sponsored by Lufthansa, with media support from The Oregonian, KINK-FM and KBPS All Classical Radio.