“We are very lucky to have him in our area, and it’s a real treat to perform with him,” Washington Idaho Symphony Music Director Jeremy Briggs Roberts said. “These pieces are going to be very romantic, exotic and folksy. Stephen is a real champion of these works.”
In addition to performing with Hough, the symphony will collaborate with the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra. Roberts said it will be a landmark experience for members of the youth orchestra.
“Performing with not only Stephen but the Washington Idaho Symphony will be so significant for their music education,” Roberts said. “These kids are incredibly talented.”
Hough received a master’s degree from the Julliard School and was the first classical music performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2010 he was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.
The concert will include works from Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, along with two pieces Hough recorded on a yet-to-be-released album.
“Symphonic music itself is amazing, and this is just another way for people to come out and support local artistry as well as immerse themselves in quality professional-level classical music,” Roberts said.
If You Go
What: Washington Idaho Symphony presents Stephen Hough
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Saturday at Clarkston High School and Sunday at Jones Theatre in Daggy Hall on the Washington State University campus
Cost: CHS performance, free for students with ID and audience members under the age of 18 with a paying adult, $25 for general admission. Jones Theatre performance, adults are $25, students are $15 and children are $10. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketswest.com or at the door.