Grammy-nominated pianist Susan Grace, Colorado College’s artist-in-residence, lecturer in music, and music director of the Summer Music Festival will be the featured soloist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.
Grace will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, with Josep Caballe-Domenech conducting. The program also includes Weber’s “Overture from Oberon”; Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297/300a, Paris”; Wagner’s “Overture and Bacchanale from Tannhäuser’; and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” The concert is part of the El Pomar Foundation Masterworks series.
Grace also is a member of the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani, composed of Grace and Alice Rybak of the University of Denver. They have performed at Carnegie Hall six times since their New York debut in January 2001, including this past May with the Alabama Symphony. She also has performed solo and chamber recitals, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, and India. In addition, she has performed in numerous series and festivals, including the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s new-music series Engine 408, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England. Grace is an International Steinway Artist and can be heard on the Bridge Records Label.