Arvo Volmer, conductor
Hannah Lash, harp
Jeremy Denk, piano
Hannah Lash — Commissioned Piano and Harp Concerto [ World Premiere ]
Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninoff — Symphonic Dances
Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 90 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.
The premiere of Hannah Lash’s Piano and Harp Concerto is made possible through the League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Commissions generously supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
Tickets start at $29
Estonian conductor Arvo Volmer is widely acclaimed for his powerful performances in both opera and concert. Particularly well known are his interpretations of Mahler and Sibelius, German, Nordic and Russian composers and contemporary music. The former music director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Estonian National Opera, Volmer also held the position of music director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, which he led on tours to Los Angeles and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He continues his relationship with the orchestra in the upcoming seasons.
As music director of the Orchestra Haydn, Volmer leads the orchestra in concerts throughout Italy. Other highlights include Volmer’s continued and intensive relationship with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, appearances with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in Wiesbaden and Prague, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concert, St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and a new production of La Wally in Bolzano.
Throughout his career, Volmer has made an extensive number of recordings, including the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius for ABC and the symphonic works of Eduard Tubin.
The music of harpist and composer Hannah Lash has been performed at The Times Center in Manhattan, the Art Institute of Chicago, Tanglewood Music Center, Harvard University, the Chelsea Art Museum and on the American Opera Project’s stage in New York City. Commissions include The Fromm Foundation, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, The Naumburg Foundation, The Orpheus Duo, The Howard Hanson Foundation’s Commissioning Fund, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School, among many others.
Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards. Her orchestral work Furthermore was selected by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings. Her chamber opera, Blood Rose, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX in the spring of 2011.
Recent premieres include Three Shades Without Angles, for flute, viola and harp, by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players; Pulse-space, for string quartet, by the Flux Quartet; as well as several new orchestral works: Eating Flowers, for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; Nymphs, for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra; and This Ease, for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In October 2015, the American Composers Orchestra premiered Lash’s Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by George Manahan and with Lash as soloist. Other recent premieres include God Music Bug Music in January 2011 with the Minnesota Orchestra; the monodrama Stoned Prince by New York-based ensemble Load Bang in April 2013; Subtilior Lamento with the Da Capo Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall in 2012; and Glockenliebe, for three glockenspiels, with Talujon Percussion in December 2012. Her 2011 orchestral work Hush was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Brooklyn Festival in April of 2013. Upcoming premieres include a new chamber opera, Beowulf, commissioned by Guerilla Opera; and a new work for Loadbang, commissioned by Columbia University’s Miller Theatre.
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and, in recent seasons, has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy St Martin in the Fields and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.
In the 2018-19 season, Denk embarked on a three-week recital tour of the U.S., including appearances in Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Cleveland; and Pittsburgh, and the season culminated with his return to Carnegie Hall. His orchestral highlights included play-directing Mozart with the Toronto Symphony and a tour throughout the US with Academy St Martin in the Fields. He also returned to the Atlanta and Colorado Symphonies, and continued his work as artistic partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, opening the season directing Beethoven Symphony No. 5 from the keyboard.