musician, composer, theologian, writer, teacher, macarthur fellow, poet, sweet-tooth connoisseur… stephen hough is clearly the quintessential 21st-century renaissance man. to celebrate mr. hough’s arrival to stumptown, we here at the classical beaver home office are celebrating day #1 of the first annual international stephen hough appreciation week (okay, fine, it’s technically an octave, lasting 8 full days, culminating with his birthday and final concert with the oregon symphony next monday). we put on our puce “wwshd?” plastic bracelets, and with a solemn flick of my bic, we light the red candle which honors the man as musician. first and foremost, stephen hough is one of the most brilliant piano players on the planet. over the past 30 some years, he’s joined with the world’s greatest orchestras, performed at the most prestigious classical music festivals, recorded over fifty albums (yes, five zero), and won countless awards for his playing. now, i know we all have our own meaningful ways of celebrating the first annual international stephen hough appreciation week… listening to his latest gramophone record of the year, reading his awesome liner notes, performing pilgrimages to his heswall, england birthplace. as for me, i’ll be going to the oregon symphony concert tonight, soaking me up some mozart, eagerly awaiting next monday’s concert.
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