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Pianist Stephen Hough makes his Bravo! Vail debut Sunday

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Pianist, composer and writer Stephen Hough makes his Bravo! Vail debut June 29.

VAIL — British pianist Stephen Hough makes his much-anticipated Bravo! Vail debut with Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra today at Vail's Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. For his debut, Hough has selected Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major — a work of deep complexity and epic beauty that is an established favorite among music lovers the world over. Also featured on this varied concert program are "Faure's Suite" from the Incidental Music to Maeterlinck's "Pelleas et Melisande," and Ravel's "Suite No. 2" from Daphnis et Chloe. The evening closes with Ravel's most recognizable work, "Boléro."

'An Extraordinary Person'

"Stephen Hough is an extraordinary person — a Renaissance man if there ever was one," said James W. Palermo, president and executive director, Bravo! Vail. "Aside from being one of the most distinguished pianists on the planet, Stephen is a composer and transcriber, and often includes his own works on recitals. A cello concerto, masses, a trio and song cycles are among recent compositions. He was awarded the prestigious and highly coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent writers and scientists who have made significant contributions in their fields. Stephen is also a published author and had a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Broadbent Gallery in London in October 2012."

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, Hough enjoys a distinguished career as one of the world's leading concert pianists, while also excelling as a writer and composer. Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality, and his musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than 50 recordings. Hough is also an avid writer. He has written for London's The Guardian and The Times, and was invited by the Telegraph Media Group in December 2008 to write a cultural blog that receives 10,000 to 15,000 hits every week.

Around the World

Hough has appeared with almost all of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in halls and concert series around the world. His recent engagements include recitals in Berlin, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai and Sydney; performances with the London, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto symphonies, the Cleveland, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Budapest Festival and Russian National orchestras; and a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. He is also a regular guest at festivals such as Blossom, Edinburgh, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Tanglewood and the BBC Proms, where he has made over 20 appearances and performed the complete Tchaikovsky concertos over four programs. This is a series he later performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. To learn more about Hough, visit www.stephen hough.com.

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Tickets for this concert titled "Ravel's Bolero" are on sale now. Lawn tickets are $28 or $5 for children ages 12 and under. Visit bravovail.org or call the box office at 877-812-5700 for more information.

If you go …

What: Dallas Symphony Orchesetra performs at Bravo! Vail. French works form the core of this varied program of works by Liszt, Fauré and Ravel. British pianist Stephen Hough performs in his Bravo! Vail debut before the evening closes with Ravel’s most recognizable work, Boléro.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Tickets range from $28 to $102. Lawn tickets for children 12 and under are $5.

More information: Visit bravovail.org or call the Box Office: 877-812-5700.