For Immediate Release
PIANIST STEPHEN HOUGH TO APPEAR ON A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
WITH GARRISON KEILLOR ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 AT 5:45 P.M. ET
Recital at Alice Tully Hall to follow on Sunday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m.
NEW YORK, NY (April 2, 2014)—Pianist Stephen Hough will join Garrison Keillor and guests on A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast live from New York’s Town Hall on Saturday, April 12 at 5:45 p.m. ET. The program will feature regular contributors including Tim Russell, Sue Scott, sound effects man Fred Newman, and musical director Richard Dworsky, and Mr. Keillor will have all the latest “News from Lake Wobegon.” Special guests include soprano Maria Jette together with pianist Dan Chouinard, and old-time country duo Robin and Linda Williams. Mr. Hough will perform Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat, Op. 9, No. 2, Richard Strauss’ Träumerei, and other pieces as time permits.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor is broadcast live nationwide on over 600 public radio stations and the Armed Forces Radio Network. An encore of the performance will air Sunday, April 13 (check local listings for time), and the program will be available online Monday, April 14 at prairiehome.publicradio.org. Tickets for this live broadcast are sold out.
Also on April 13, Mr. Hough will give his previously announced Great Performers recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall at 5:00 p.m. His program will include Schoenberg’s Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19 (“Six Little Piano Pieces”); R. Strauss’ Träumerei, from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9; Wagner’s In das Album der Fürstin M in C major, WWV 94 (“Albumblatt”); Bruckner’s Erinnerung in A-flat major, WAB 117; Brahms’s Fantasien, Op. 116; and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, S.178. To find out more, please visit www.lcgreatperformers.org.
Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.
In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He has made over 20 concerto appearances at the BBC Proms, including all of the works written by Tchaikovsky for piano and orchestra over the summer of 2009. A noted writer, Mr. Hough has contributed regular articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and was invited by The Telegraph in London in 2008 to start a blog that has become one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion.
Mr. Hough has composed over 30 works, premiering his most recent composition, Piano Sonata No. 2, notturno luminoso, at the Swansea Festival in the United Kingdom in 2012, and many of Mr. Hough’s catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes including several Grammy nominations.