February18, 2017 | The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory «Masterpieces of Symphonic Music» Subscription Series Soloist – Ekaterina Mechetina, piano Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov Rachmaninoff - Respighi. 5 Etudes-tableaux Op. 33 and 39 Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra, Op.43 Rachmaninoff. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 The Philharmonic Society's Series “Masterpieces of Symphonic Music” is closing with a concert devoted entirely to Rachmaninoff's works. For the NPR's Artistic Director Vladimir Spivakov, who will conduct the Orchestra on that night, Rachmaninoff is one of the most important authors, whose music the Maestro performs invariably each season. "The significance of Rachmaninoff's art cannot be overstated, - says Vladimir Spivakov. - He is one of the most loved composers in the world, and for me personally Rachmaninov is one of the guiding stars. His used to be underrated as a composer, not appraised as a conductor, being considered only a brilliant, outstanding pianist. Today, more and more evident is getting the understanding that Rachmaninoff is a huge Universe, full of majesty and endless mysteries, that has yet to be discovered by people." The programme also features pianist Ekaterina Mechetina, an award-holder of international competitions, the winner of the "Triumph" Youth Prize, the artist from the circle of the NPR's permanent creative partners. Ekaterina is not only an extremely popular soloist, but also an influential social figure: she is a Member of the Presidential Council for Culture and Arts and was awarded a Catherine the Great Order (3rd degree) "For merits and great personal contribution to the development of national culture and art." Ekaterina Mechetina will play the solo in the famous Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.