This daytime event will see the newly appointed Music Director both performing with players from the RNS and giving interviews in the more intimate setting of Hall Two. On the bill are extracts from Dvorak’s 2 Piano Quintets and Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds. Given the usual level of RNS chamber music, I expect these to be of outstanding quality.
Lars Vogt, another German-speaking Music Director for Sage Gateshead, is a celebrated international pianist as well as conductor. He has launched his own chamber music festival in Heimbach, Germany as well as setting up a scheme bringing top-level musicians into German schools (Rhapsody in School). So it seems safe to say, Vogt has had a good hand in engagement on a local level and a driving passion for chamber music – both traits I’m sure he will use to the benefit of music in our region.
He was on the podium and the piano in Hall One in January of this year performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24 in C Minor and then conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No.4.
Vogt will be taking up the position fully in September 2015, however this coming season will see both him and Thomas Zehetmair lead several performances.
Tickets for the concert are free, but there is a suggested donation of £10 towards the 10th birthday appeal at Sage Gateshead. A great chance to warmly welcome Lars Vogt as Music Director!
Previewer: Katie Lodge
Photographer: Felix Broede