Recent News
12.12.18
Keith Lockhart
KEITH LOCKHART JOINS THE ROSTER
12.07.18
JoAnn Falletta, Mariss Jansons, David Alan Miller, Peter Oundjian, Patrick Summers, Alexandre Tharaud, Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider , Mason Bates, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich , Academy of St Martin in the Fields , Les Violons du Roy , Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn
2019 Grammy Nominees
Grammy Awards
12.07.18
New York Philharmonic String Quartet , Yefim Bronfman
Bronfman, NY Philharmonic Quartet impress at Linton Series
Cincinnati Business Courier
12.06.18
Julian Wachner
This Is the Best ‘Messiah’ in New York
The New York Times
12.04.18
Sir Andrew Davis
ELGAR The Music Makers. The Spirit of England (Davis)
Gramophone
12.03.18
Chanticleer
Chanticleer Christmas concert, 11/30/18
Divamensch
12.01.18
Ward Stare
Twin pianists deliver impeccable style in ‘Perfect Pairs’ concert
Sarasota Herald Tribune
11.27.18
Richard Kaufman
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA HAUNTS THE SOROYA IN REAL TIME
Broadway World
11.26.18
Twyla Tharp Dance
Dreaming of Dancing With Twyla Tharp
Next Avenue
11.19.18
Twyla Tharp Dance
‘Minimalism and Me’ Review: Twyla Tharp Tells Her Story
Wall Street Journal

News archive »

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson wows them at Seven Days

02.14.12
Garrick Ohlsson, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Tallahassee Democrat

By Mark Hinson

"Liquid."

That's the way classical pianist Norma Mastrogiacomo summed up fellow pianist Garrick Ohlsson's jaw-dropping performance of Beethoven's Piano ConcertNo. 4 in G major, Op. 58 on Monday night as part of the Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival at Florida State University.

Ohlsson last visited Seven Days a decade ago, but this time he arrived with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra from Poland in tow. The orchestra, with conductor Jacek Kaspzyk, opened the evening with an overture by Karol Szymankowski that was both Mahler-esque and cinematic. The players were tight and precise.

Beethoven's piano concerto is a doozy — full of trills, fancy finger work and fireworks. Ohlsson made it look and sound as if the song had been sleeping and he merely awakened it with a few strokes of his hand.

"That was really something," opera composer, retired FSU professor and pianist Carlisle Floyd ("Of Mice and Men") said during intermission. "He has the right touch."

As an encore, Ohlsson, who got his start as the winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, played a nocturne by the Polish composer.

In keeping with Valentine's Day, the Wroclaw Philharmonic also performed Antonin Dvorak's lush Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70.

The Seven Days festival rolls on today with jazz singer Jane Monheit, comedy legend Joan Rivers on Wednesday, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet troupe on Thursday and New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint on Friday night. Seven Days wraps up on Feb. 26 with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. For more, visit www.sevendaysfestival.org.