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Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto

Conductor Rafael Payare and pianist Kirill Gerstein both make their debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend.  Rafael Payare will transport you to his homeland of Venezuela as he leads a Pittsburgh Symphony premiere of Inocente Carreño’s sweeping and spirited Margariteña.  Full of expressive Venezuelan folk melodies and rhythms, Margariteña succeeds in bringing this South American flavor to life in the concert hall.  Next, enjoy Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by Gilmore Artist Award winner, Kirill Gerstein.  Best known for its lush second movement, Rachmaninoff’s transcendent Concerto No. 2 has been quoted and referenced in numerous film scores and pop songs and remains one of the most beloved classical piano concertos.  To conclude the...

The New Year Begins: The Firebird!

2018 begins with a splash of orchestral color and breathtaking virtuosity as Spaniard Juanjo Mena returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to kick off the New Year.  Debussy's early creative spark shines brightly in a work dedicated to the hues and optimism of springtime, Printemps, played for the first time in the PSO's history.  Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee steps forward to perform Ibert's dazzling Flute Concerto.  The program builds to a spectacular conclusion, contrasting dance music of two twentieth century masters.  Maurice Ravel evokes the grand Viennese tradition of the waltz in Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, though with a distinctly evocative French flair, while a young Igor Stravinsky's imaginative orchestral wizardry takes flight in his...