Presented by MLIVE, the generous program prepared by Hough includes favourites such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Beethoven’s Appassionata and Schumann’s C major Fantasie, as well as insights into the unexpected connections between German Romantic and French Impressionist repertoire.
“It’s a contrast between the French and the German aesthetic at a deep level, but also a way to play the greatest works for piano by three fantastic composers,” said Stephen. “Not to mention it’s the centenary of Debussy’s death so that was a good excuse – even if I don’t need one – to play his miraculous music.”
Throughout his extraordinary life, Hough’s contribution to classical music and the arts has been profound. He has received numerous accolades for his work including several Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone Magazine Awards. Hough was also made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2014 for his services to music, and interestingly, was named as one of the 20 living polymaths by The Economist.
Executive Director of the Academy of Performing Arts at Monash University, Professor Paul Grabowsky AO, said that he and the wider university community are thrilled to welcome such a distinguished performer to the MLIVE stage.
“Stephen Hough is internationally recognised as one of the most distinguished artists of his time,” said Professor Grabowsky. “To see and hear him perform in the Alexander Theatre at Monash University using state-of-the-art Meyer Sound’s Constellation active acoustic technology will be a simply outstanding experience for any lover of classical music.”
Hough’s concert will mark the first time Meyer Sound’s Constellation system is used in a proscenium arch venue in Australia. The technology allows for a new, highly advanced level of acoustics and sonic flexibility, making it an exciting first for Australian live music.
Following the performance, copies of Stephen’s new book, The Final Retreat will be available for sale and signing in his only Melbourne book signing event.
Stephen Hough in Concert
Alexander Theatre, Monash University, Clayton Campus
Performance: Sunday 24 June 2018 – 5.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.monash.edu
Image: Stephen Hough – photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke