“The Romantics”
Photo of Adam GolkaFebruary 11, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Guest artist, Adam Golka, piano

Fox Performing Arts Center

Featuring: Guest Artist Adam Golka, piano

  • Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto # 5, Emperor”
  • Symphony No. 26, K.184, E-flat major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Kuolema: Valse triste, op. 41, No. 1- Jean Sibelius
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream op. 61- Felix Mendelssohn

The Fox will open at 6:00 p.m. and the doors into the seating area will be opened at 6:15 p.m.

Adam Golka, pianist Guest Artist

Adam Golka began the 2016/17 season in recital at the Dusznicki Intenational Chopin Festival, and remained in Poland thereafter for several weeks of chamber music at the Krzyzowa Festival. He returned to Europe in September to continue his work with -- and, in this case, for -- Andras Schiff, playing duo recitals with Alumni Masters of Schiff's Kronberg Academy, with concerts in Koblenz and at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn.

Adam returns to the Cliburn this season for more concerts in their outreach program, "Van Cliburn: American Hero," playing recitals of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. In New York, he plays several events with the Manhattan Chamber Players at Merkin Hall, and leads the Brooklyn String Orchestra in performances of Bach's D minor Piano Cto. at Barge Music in Brooklyn and at the Good Shepherd Church at Lincoln Center. Engagements with orchestra include performances of Rachmaninoff 3 (Lubbock), Brahms 1 (Riverside, CA) and Chopin 1 (Knoxville Symphony).

Andras Schiff invited Adam to perform a series of recitals under Schiff's sponsorship in New York (presented by the 92nd St. Y), and in Berlin, Zurich, and at the Ruhr Festival in Germany. Of the New York recital the Wall Street Journal reports "this was playing with dramatic flair and conviction, bold yet musical, filled with risk-taking. He threw himself into the performance with abandon, and he had the skill to pull it off."

Adam Golka has appeared with symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Phoenix and, most recently, with the Vancouver (Chopin 2), San Diego (Tchaikovsky), Seattle (Mozart K. 467), Richmond (Rachmaninoff 2), California (Grieg) and Fort Worth (Brahms 2) Symphonies. Internationally, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Sinfonia Varsovia, Shanghai Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco, et al.

Adam is a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist’s award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

There will be a Pre-Concert Talk by Music Director Tomasz Golka taking place at 6:40 p.m. Our Pre-Concert Talks are generously sponsored each year by Provident Bank.