Release Date: January 8,2018

Akron Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Daniel Hege for Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 on Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The evening will also feature Brahms' Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 and 5, along with Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2.

German composer Johannes Brahms is generally considered one of the “Three Bs” of classical music, taking his rightful place alongside Bach and Beethoven. In every genre in which he composed, Brahms created works that have become staples of the repertory, and his four symphonies — described as being lushly scored, grand in scope and deeply expressive — are considered cornerstones of the symphonic literature.

Pianist Gabriela Martinez will be featured as guest soloist for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. In a review on concertonet.com, Martinez’ performance of the piece was “so exceptionally confident as to send sparks through the audience at Lincoln Center. A rare moment of heart-pounding electricity at a time in our collective American musical lives when risk-taking is viewed as slightly abnormal elicits from this reviewer only the highest of praise for this emerging artist.”

Hege is in his seventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, making him the seventh music director in the organization’s 73-year history. According to his bio at the Wichita Symphony’s website, Hege “has been widely recognized as one of America’s finest young conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming.”

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Maestro Hege discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.

Since tickets for Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 start at just $25. Visit akronsymphony.org or call the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131 for tickets or more information. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is located at 198 Hill St. on the campus of The University of Akron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.