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Pianist Louis Lortie talks about performing

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will perform Beethoven's “Piano Concerto No. 5.”
BY RICK ROGERS rrogers@opubco.com Modified: January 1, 2012 at 12:16 am •  Published: January 1, 2012
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“I don't come in with a predisposed idea, so I can be open to tempo and even articulation if the musicians do it convincingly,” Lortie said. “I like to let things happen without talking too much. Performances are always different because of the chemistry that develops.

“The conductor and the soloist can have different personalities and different ways of seeing things but we have to be unified in what we're trying to do. That's why we rehearse and discuss. It's important that we don't contradict one another but that we complement one another. That allows you to bring the freshness of the work back to life.”

Performer steps in for Philharmonic

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic announced Saturday that Louis Lortie, the originally scheduled soloist for its Jan. 7 classics concert, will be unable to perform because of a hiking accident in Italy. Taking his place will be American pianist Andrew von Oeyen. The programming will not change. Von Oeyenwill perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”).“We are very grateful to Andrew for making himself available for this performance on short notice,” said Philharmonic executive director Eddie Walker. “His past performance with us was so exciting that we have been trying to arrange for a return engagement and we are blessed that he made himself available.”

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, under the direction of Joel Levine, will also perform Handel's “Royal Fireworks Music” and Rimsky-Korsakov's “Russian Easter Overture.” For ticket information, call the Philharmonic box office at 842-5387 during regular business hours.