America the Beautiful: Light Classics
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00pm
Guest Conductor: Michael Newnham
Our third concert will feature a pot-pourri of American light music, including George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Philip Thomson, and familiar works by Aaron Copland, Danny Elfman, and Klaus Badelt.
Michael Newnham – Conductor
Philip Thomson – Piano*
On the Program
Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue*
Badelt, Klaus – Pirates of the Caribbean Medley
Copland – Appalachian Spring
The Music of Danny Elfman
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George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
Philip Thomson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He began piano lessons with Carol O'Neil, and later studied with Pierre Souvairan at the University of Toronto and with the renowned pianist Abbey Simon at The Juilliard School. He won the Juilliard School's Liszt concerto competition, and performed Liszt's Concerto #1 in Alice Tully Hall. Besides his many performances in Canada, he has concertized in Hungary, Austria, England, Ireland, France, the U.S., the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Since 2010, he has appeared as a soloist numerous times in China and Korea, including performances in the Seoul Spring Festival.
Mr. Thomson recorded the world premiere of the Maxwell edition of Liszt's “De Profundis” with the Hungarian State Orchestra, released in 1990. Its universal critical praise secured for him the opportunity to perform the Hungarian, Italian, American, and Canadian premieres of the work the following year. He subsequently released three CDs of Liszt for Naxos records, and the complete preludes and impromptus of Felix Blumenfeld on the Ivory Classics label, all of which have received acclaim from the major musical journals throughout the world.
Philip Thomson is currently the head of Piano Studies at The University of Akron.