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Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation

Great Performers in Concert Series presents



For Immediate Release   

Friday, November 5, 2021                                                  

Contact:  Diane Tate

Phone:   225-405-6936
Email:  Diane.Tate@gmail.com


(Baton Rouge, La.) GRAMMY® Award-Winning Pianist, EMANUEL AX, will appear as the 2022 Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation Great Performer in Concert with the Baton Rouge Symphony under the direction of Dr. Timothy Muffitt on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 8pm at the newly renovated River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

THE NEW YORK TIMES “Mr. Ax…played with youthful brio, incisive rhythm, bountiful imagination, delicacy when called for and thundering power when the piano fought back.”

Mr. Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, his most recent being Brahms Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos. He has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax contributed to an International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music/Piano).

Mr. Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and Columbia University.

Mr. Ax’s repertoire will include the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, with Timothy Muffitt leading the Baton Rouge Symphony in an amazing selection of American composers including Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” and George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”.

Sponsors include the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, Price LeBlanc Lexus, WAFB9, The Advocate, Lamar, Cox Communications, Becky & Jack Harris, Meredith Hathorn & Rawley Penick, Stroube’s, and Zoe’s Bakery.

The mission of the Baton Rouge Symphony is to enhance the quality of life in our community through music.