Internationally recognized cellist Bion Tsang will perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.
In addition to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6, op. 68, F Major” and Tsang’s featured performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” the orchestra will perform “The Age of American Passions” by Stephen Paulus. The orchestra originally commissioned this piece for the celebration of the Symphony’s 50th anniversary in 1998.
During the collaboration, Paulus spent time with many people in Baton Rouge and became very close to the symphony family and community. Subsequent seasons brought several performances of his works, most recently his jazz-inspired “Concerto for Two Trumpets.” Paulus died Oct. 19, 2014.
Tsang has appeared with the New York, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras and the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony orchestras, among others. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho?Liang Lin and Kyoko Takezawa; violist Michael Tree; cellist Yo?Yo Ma; bassist Gary Karr; and pianist Leon Fleisher.
Tsang also served as artistic director of the Laurel Festival of the Arts for 10 years. The performance is the fourth concert in the 2014-15 Investar Bank Masterworks Season.
Timothy Muffitt, symphony music director and conductor, will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25-$59, with student discounts available. Call (225) 383-0500, ext. 100, or visit brso.org. Tickets also will be available at the door.