14 November, 2019, 7:30PM, Chrysler Hall
Andrey Kasparov & Combined ODU-GSA Symphony Orchestras: Sergei Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, was composed between the latter half of 1900 and April of 1901; a preliminary performance of the uncompleted concerto was given in December of 1900. The premiere of the finished work, with the composer as soloist, was held on 9 November, 1901, with the composer’s cousin, Alexander Siloti, as conductor.
The work evolved from a dark period in Rachmaninov’s life, following the initial critical failure of his Symphony No. 1 on its debut in 1897. The acclaim afforded his Piano Concerto No. 2 ultimately re-affirmed Rachmaninov’s self-confidence, and marked the renewal of his productivity. The work is dedicated to Nikolai Dahl, the physician who did so much to restore Rachmaninov’s faith in his own artistic abilities.
Dr. Andrey Kasparov is no stranger to this landmark work by Rachmaninov, having presented it previously in a live concert performance, under the baton of David Bowden, with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, in October of 2004.
On this occasion, Dr. Kasparov will be joined by the combined talents of the student musicians from the Symphony Orchestras of Old Dominion University and the Governor’s School for the Arts, led by Dr. Paul Kim and Mr. Jeff Phelps, respectively. The program will begin at 7:30PM.
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