17/18 Pianos Recital Series: Stephen Hough, Piano

17/18 Pianos Recital Series: Stephen Hough, Piano

Friday, December 8 | 8 pm
$20 Ages 30 & Under
$10 Duke Students

Reserved Seating

Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).


Stephen Hough is a renaissance man. A composer, writer, poet, painter, and MacArthur “Genius” Award winner, the British-born Hough’s reputation long ago moved beyond classical circles, making him an unlikely crossover star. Still, during the last forty years, he has established himself as one of the world’s great pianists, with definitive takes on many masterpieces in the repertoire. Vanity Fair praises his “beautifully articulated inner voices, the crystalline quality of lyrical passages, the precision of the pedal.”

In Durham, Hough heads immediately for the emotional center of his program, playing Debussy’s exquisite and fluttering Clair de Lune and both books of the composer’s ruminative and engrossing Images, including the preludes to Book II. While those works alone would make for a substantial program, Hough also offers Schumann’s pensive Fantasie and Beethoven’s grand “Appassionata.” One of Beethoven’s best-known sonatas, it is a dramatic yet highly concentrated piece that culminates in a sweeping climax.


Debussy: “Clair de lune” from Suite Bergamasque
Debussy: Images, Book II
Schumann: Fantasie, op. 17
Debussy: “La Terrasse des audiences au clair de lune” from Préludes, Book II
Debussy: Images, Book I
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, op. 57 (“Appassionata”)