The Asper Foundation Opening Night Gala
Sep 17, 2018 at the Centennial Concert Hall
“Mastery coupled with humanity” – Seattle Times
“Overwhelming authority as a musician” – LA Times
“A dot of seriousness in a sea of frivolity” – New York Times
Emanuel Ax, one of the great pianists of our era, opens the WSO’s 2018-2019 season along with the debut performance of Music Director Daniel Raiskin. Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University where he majored in French. Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.
A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss’ Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. In 2015 Deutche Grammophon released a duo recording with Mr. Perlman of Sonatas by Faure and Strauss, which the two artists presented on tour during the 2015/2016 season. Mr. Ax has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.
Celebrate Opening Night with a Gala Evening including VIP reception, premium seats, and an intimate gala dinner with Emanuel Ax on the Piano Nobile. Tickets $1,000. Call 204-949-3973 to reserve your gala tickets today.
Piano Concerto No. 5 “EmperorLudwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in E minorPiotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky