Omaha Symphony Prepares for Masterworks Finale
June 5th, 2015
Omaha, NE — Brahms, Beethoven, and a Big Finish…what more could you want?[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/OS-Hough-web.mp3]
The Omaha Symphony put together a grand finale for its last Masterworks concert of the season. The orchestra will pair Brahmâ€™s â€œSecond Symphonyâ€ with Beethovenâ€™s â€œFourth Piano Concerto,â€ the latter featuring English pianist Stephen Hough, who returns to Omaha after several decades. Hough is a devout Roman Catholic who considered the priesthood not once, but twice!
â€œWhen I converted to Catholicism as an 18-year-old…a sort of teenage rebellion but there was something serious there as well,â€ Hough said.
For Hough music is both a creative and spiritual experience, but one that is nondenominational and crosses many boundaries:
â€œI do feel that music is a communication of something spiritual…people will take from it whatever is good for them on that day,â€ he said.
The pianist hopes that concertgoers will not only enjoy a fantastic performance, but also come away with a more positive outlook on life.
â€œWhat I think is fantastic about Beethoven is there is never a sense of self-pity…show us a higher plane, if you like,â€ he said.
Hough credits Beethovenâ€™s capacity to move us to the enormous power the composer incorporated into his music.
â€œI could choose one word to sum up Beethoven, it would probably be energy…incredible creativity to it.â€
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s performance of Brahms and Beethoven – featuring pianist Stephen Hough – is this Friday and Saturday, June 5 & 6 at the Holland Center in Omaha. Both performances begin at 7:30 pm and more information is available at omahasymphony.org.
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