Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents ALL RACHMANINOFF with Joyce Yang This Weekend
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents All Rachmaninoff with Music Director Edo de Waart this weekend, April 25-27, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The program includes Rachmaninoff's Prince Rostislav, Symphony No. 3 in A minor, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor featuring pianist Joyce Yang.
All concerts include Meet the Music, a free, interactive pre-concert discussion, held in Uihlein Hall at 10:15 a.m. on Friday and in the Anello Atrium at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Friday's performance also includes a Pre-Concert Fashion Show at 10:15 a.m. in the Bradley Pavilion.
Prince Rostislav was Rachmaninoff's second symphonic work, composed in 1891. The work takes its inspiration from a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, and his musical treatment similarly follows the narrative arch of the story. Although the work exhibits the profound influences of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, it was one of the first pieces where Rachmaninoff's distinctive compositional voice began to emerge.
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Opus 40 was composed in 1926. Rachmaninoff and his family had moved to America in 1921, and he was self-conscious about his music and how it would be viewed against the groundbreaking works of his peer composers. The critical response to the premiere of his Fourth Piano Concerto in 1927 was mixed, leading Rachmaninoff to further self-doubt and ultimately resulted in his revising the Concerto.
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 92, was composed in 1935-36. The tremendous reception and success of his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini prompted Rachmaninoff to begin work on his Third Symphony the following summer. Despite a mixed critical response, Symphony No. 3 remains an ingenious work exhibiting innovative orchestration. Musicologist Michael Steinberg described Rachmaninoff's overlooked later works as "represent[ing] their composer at his most formidably intelligent and imaginative, in that they have strength, integrity, vision, and atmosphere."
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The 2013.14 season is Edo de Waart's fifth as the sixth music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is also chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guest conducting highlights include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, NHK Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Washington's National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor, Mr. de Waart has conducted at Nikikai Opera, Geneva Opera, Opera de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and The
Metropolitan Opera. Semi-staged and concert opera performances include Der Rosenkavalier (The Metropolitan Opera), Bluebeard's Castle (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), and The Rake's Progress (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). He regularly conducts an opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic as part of the Concertgebouw's Zaterdag Matinee series.