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Michi Hirata North Beiju Celebration

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Sunday, November 10, 2019 (PDT) @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Michi Hirata North

Lake Union Civic Orchestra

Town Hall Seattle, Seattle, WA

Michi Hirata North, piano
Christophe Chagnard, conductor

Franz Schubert – “Allegro moderato” from Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished”
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Frédéric Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (US premiere of orchestration by Hidemaro Konoye)

Michi Hirata North made her piano debut in 1938 as an eight-year-old prodigy. She quickly gained a reputation as one of the most outstanding young Japanese pianists and she continued to perform nationwide solo concerts and as a guest pianist with various orchestras. 80 years later, Michi has gained international acclaim and performed in concert halls around the world. She takes the stage at Town Hall alongside Seattle’s Lake Union Civic Orchestra, conducted by Christophe Chagnard, to present a glowing rendition of several pieces of musical canon. Together they perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. It will be the world premiere of orchestration by Japanese conductor and composer Hidemaro Konoye.

Sit in for a spellbinding performance by one of the world’s foremost piano virtuosi alongside a talented local ensemble.

Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) is a largely volunteer-run, Seattle-based community orchestra distinguished by superb musicianship, low ticket prices, friendly atmosphere, central location of concerts, and exciting and innovative programming.

“LUCO’s concerts have a homey feel missing from most classical music gigs; before the show, people laugh and chat casually as if at home. Yet when the music begins, the audience’s attention becomes steadfast and quieter than most other orchestral performances I attend.” – Christopher DiLaurenti, The Stranger

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