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Shriver Hall 2017-18 season to include Baltimore recital debuts by Jeremy Denk, Eric Owens

Borromeo String Quartet
Borromeo String Quartet(Richard Bowditch)

The first Baltimore recitals by two eminent American musicians, pianist Jeremy Denk and bass-baritone Eric Owens, are among the attractions scheduled for the 2017-2018 season of Shriver Hall Concert Series.

The incisive, inquisitive Denk, a MacArthur Fellow, will open the subscription series in October with works by Mozart, Schumann and Prokofiev, as well as a rarely encountered Liszt transcription of Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebte."

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Owens, a major presence at leading opera houses, will be accompanied by pianist Myra Huang in music of Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Duparc in March 2018.

In his first-ever appearance in Baltimore, and first North American recital tour in 14 years, Norwegian cellist Truls Mork will be joined by pianist Behzod Abduraimov in a program of Grieg and Rachmaninoff in May 2018.

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Dutch violinist Janine Jansen will make her Baltimore debut in December with an all-Russian program, joined by pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk and cellist Torleif Thedeen.

Returning to Shriver Hall in March 2018, the brilliant French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play Beethoven's daunting "Hammerklavier" Sonata, along with pieces by Nikolai Obukhov and Gyorgy Ligeti.

The Tetzlaff Quartet makes its Baltimore debut in November with a program of Mozart, Schubert and Berg.

Another top quartet, the Borromeo, will visit in January 2018 to give the Baltimore premiere of Sebastian Currier's "Etude and Lullaby," a Carnegie Hall/Shriver Hall co-commission. With pianist Benjamin Hochman, the ensemble will also perform Dvorak's Piano Quintet.

To close the subscription series in May 2018, the period-instrument Freiburg Baroque Orchestra from Germany will make its Baltimore debut. The program includes a symphony by Haydn and two piano concertos by Mozart, with South African-born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist.

For 2017-2018 subscription information, call 410-516-7164, or go to  shriverconcerts.org.

Shriver Hall's free Discovery Series, held at various locations, will feature the Ariel Quartet at Towson University; violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Orion Weiss at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (their program includes the Baltimore premiere of a work by maverick composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski); and pianist Xiaohui Yang at the Baltimore Museum of Art.


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