On April 12 and 14, Garrick Ohlsson and conductor Leonard Slatkin return to the Heinz Hall stage in Pittsburgh to mark the occasion of Slatkin’s 75th birthday. Ohlsson completes the season-long Rachmaninoff Cycle performing the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 4, full of jazzy melodies inspired by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Slatkin leads the Pittsburgh premiere of his own original composition Kinah, written to commemorate his late parents, musicians of the Hollywood String Quartet. The program closes with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, an ingenious collection of musical portraits depicting Elgar’s closest friends.
He then appears on the stage of the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall in Ashland on April 16, Bourgie Hall in Montréal on April 26, Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York on April 28 and The Baker-Baum Concert Hall in La Jolla on May 3.