Copland, Rachmaninoff, Hanson

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The time is nigh for a Howard Hanson revival.

This weekend (April 14 and 15), Music Director David Robertson leads the SLSO in works by Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Serge Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic” (the source of the most memorable tune from the Alien soundtrack). The soloist for the Rachmaninoff piano concerto is Simon Trpceski.

My program notes can be read here:

https://tinyurl.com/yb2w3wsn

If you can’t make it to Powell Hall in person, tune in Saturday night at 8 PM CST to St. Louis Public Radio. That’s FM 90.7 for those of you in the broadcast range, or you can click on the livestream here:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/#stream/0

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Mackey, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky

1453131486_55365(I love this photograph so, so much: wretched old dreamer Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, on a settee, flanked by well-upholstered, waistcoated, pocket-watch-flaunting grandees. Apologies to possible copyright holders; I’ll take it down if you like, or attribute credit if you send me the information. This photo must date to about 1890, or so; Tchaikovsky died at 53 on November 6, 1893, after possibly contracting cholera on purpose.)

This weekend Music Director David Robertson leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in works by Mackey, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, with special guest piano virtuosa Orli Shaham performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. If you can’t make it to one of the performances at Powell Hall—and good tickets are still available! —be sure to tune in to the live broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio, which begins at 8:00 pm CST. Here’s the website to listen if you want to hear this gorgeous (Russian-ish) program but can’t make it to Powell Hall in St. Louis: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/#stream/0

My notes can be found here.
http://tinyurl.com/yd8kv4md

 

Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Rouse

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This weekend the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin, performs works by Chopin (pictured above), Rachmaninoff, and Rouse.

If you can’t make it to one of the performances at Powell Hall–and good tickets are still available!–be sure to tune in to the live broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio, which begins at 8:00 pm CST.

My notes can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/y9wkbeoy

Silvestrov, Rachmaninoff, Bartók

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On April 21, 22, and 23, the St. Louis Symphony performs Valentin Silvestrov’s Hymne 2001, Sergey Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, with pianist Nikolai Lugansky and guest conductor John Storgards. Those who can’t make it to Powell Hall should tune in to St. Louis Public Radio’s live broadcast and web stream at 8:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday, April 22. It should be a tremendous concert, and the Silvestrov piece isn’t programmed all that often, at least not in the United States.

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