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Pianist Alexander Schimpf Performs with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Tonight

Pianist Alexander Schimpf Performs with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Tonight

One of Tchaikovsky's most beloved concertos and Sibelius's Second Symphony, two masterworks that have not been performed by the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 10 years, feature on the orchestra's "Rising Star" concert program tonight, March 8th at 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center conducted by David Lockington.

Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 is one of the most beloved and performed piano works in the classical repertoire. It is a dazzling showcase for the soloist and also an exhilarating work for the orchestra musicians and the audience. The Las Vegas Philharmonic last performed this concerto in 2004.

Award-winning German pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as the concert's "Rising Star." Each season the orchestra showcases an up-and-coming star of the international classical music scene. Mr. Schimpf (33) has risen to prominence by winning a series of prestigious international piano competitions. In 2008 he won the German Music Competition, the first pianist to win in 14 years, and in 2009 he won First Prize at the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. In 2011 he became the first German pianist to ever win First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. His final round performance at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra was given a standing ovation and also garnered the Audience Favorite Prize.

The Masterworks Series concert will open with a work by another Russian composer, Mussorgsky's Prelude to Khovanchchina, "Dawn on the Moscow River," a series of tone color variations on a folk theme written for an opera the composer never completed. The concert concludes with Sibelius's Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43. It will be the first Las Vegas Philharmonic performance of the Mussorgsky work and the orchestra's first performance of the Sibelius symphony in 10 years.

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