Pianist Andrew Tyson has canceled his engagement with Symphony Tacoma due to illness. The young artist was slated to make his regional debut performing the Ravel Piano Concerto in G on Saturday, November 18 at the Pantages Theater, with Sarah Ioannides conducting. Fortunately, pianist Charlie Albright—hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by The Washington Post—is available to step in, and, even more remarkably, is willing to perform the formidable Ravel concerto on a scant three days’ notice!
Conducted by Sarah Ioannides, the concert will also include the Firebird Suite of Igor Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18 in the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Sponsors include Skelley Piano and Alaska Airlines. Mr. Albright’s appearance is underwritten by the Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment Fund, held in trust by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, starting at $19.50, call 800-291-7593 or 253-591-5894, or visit www.symphonytacoma.org
“We are delighted and grateful that Charlie is able to join us on such short notice,” said Music Director Sarah Ioannides, who collaborated with Mr. Albright in a concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia earlier this month. During that concert he demonstrated his well- known talent—rare among classical musicians—for improvisation, offering what critic David Patrick Stearns called a “distinctive” improvised version of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” The Pacific Northwest native previously appeared with Symphony Tacoma in November 2014, performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.
Mr. Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Albright won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award presented by Marc-André Hamelin (Germany) and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.