July 14, 2017

Stephen Hough, Renaissance Man

He's a Renaissance man of his time. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, Stephen Hough has secured his reputation as a leading concert pianist, as well as a writer, composer, and painter.

In 2001, he was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In 2014, he was named a “Commander of the Order of the British Empire” by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List.

Hough has made more than 50 recordings, including Brahms’ First Piano Concerto which he will perform with the Grant Park Orchestra and Carlos Kalmar at the podium. “It’s always a joy to return to Grant Park, to play in the ultra-urban, outdoor setting of Chicago’s downtown, surrounded by some of the greatest architecture in the world,” said Hough. “Carlos is one of my favorite conductors and he has a special rapport with the superb players in this orchestra ... and piano concertos don’t get any better than Brahms’ First.”

There’s another reason that this world-acclaimed artist likes returning to Chicago. Hough is a fan of the high-end men’s hatmaker, Optimo Hats. Its new retail location opened in the Loop last year, and Hough had a chance to visit last summer. Chances are that this hat aficionado and Renaissance man will find the time to squeeze in another visit when he is back in town.

Don’t miss your chance to see this virtuoso perform with the Grant Park Orchestra. Reserve your seat close to the stage with a One Night Pass.