Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Alon Goldstein
SPOKANE, Wash. – Internationally acclaimed pianist Alon Goldstein will perform with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra on Monday, Feb. 28, when its Spring Concert concludes with Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor.
Led by Gonzaga music professor and conductor Kevin Hekmatpanah, the orchestra’s performance at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, 211 E. Desmet Ave., also will showcase Aaron Copland’s patriotic and celebratory “Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo,” Gershwin’s iconic “An American in Paris” and Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s modern classic Danzon No. 2, inspired by a Cuban dance.
General admission for the 7:30 p.m. concert is $17; $14 for non-GU students and seniors. It is free for GU faculty, students and staff with ID. Tickets are available by calling (509) 313-2787, visiting the ticket office at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, or going to the orchestra’s website.
Goldstein has played with symphonies across both the U.S. and internationally and continues his recording project for the Naxos label of all piano concerti by Mozart, with the Fine Arts Quartet. An upcoming recording will feature Concerti Nos. 19 and 25. Last season saw the release of two CDs on the Naxos label: Mozart Piano Concerti Nos. 9 and 17, a follow-up to recordings of Nos. 20 and 21 and Nos. 23 and 24, and Scarlatti 19 Piano Sonatas.
During the 2019-2020 season Goldstein performed Beethoven’s "Emperor” Concerto at the New Year concert with the Beijing Symphony at the Forbidden City Concert Hall.
An advocate for music education, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He created the Emerald Coast Music Alliance, whose annual festival in Florida is devoted to sharing classical music with underserved communities at no charge.
Goldstein’s alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, recently honored him with the Society of Scholars award in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions.
In the Northwest, Goldstein serves as the artistic director of the Mt. Angel Abbey Bach Festival in Oregon.