The Rachmaninoff Days

April 19, 2018 | Rachmaninoff Concert Hall (Philharmonia-2)
“Classics: Favorite, Great, Eternal” Subscription Series No. 98
Aylen Pritchin, violin
Lukas Geniušas, piano
Conductor – Konstantin Khvatynets
Tchaikovsky. Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, Op.35
Rachmaninoff. Concerto No.3 for piano and orchestra in D minor, Op. 30

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On April 1, 2018, falls the 145th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff's birth. For this date the Moscow Philharmonic Society has arranged a number of events at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the Rachmaninoff Concert Hall (“Philharmonia-2”). On the composer's birthday there took place a majestic opening of the “Sergei Rachmaninoff” monumental bas-relief in the foyer of the Concert Hall in the Olympic Village. The author is Andrei Korobtsov, a sculptor and a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will give two concerts within the framework of the Rachmaninoff Days - on April 19 and 24.

The April 19 concert will feature Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. The night is part of the Subscription Series titled loftily “Classics: Favorite, Great, Eternal”, the programs of which are compiled predominantly of the most popular masterpieces of musical classics. The concert will be preceded (at 18.00) by a lecture of Piotr Klimov, a composer and assistant professor at the Gnessins Academy of Music. He will speak about the origins of the aforementioned Concertos and the circumstances that influenced the works of the two great Russian composers.

The soloist in Tchaikovsky's Concerto will be violinist Aylen Pritchin, an award-winner of the M. Long and J. Thibault International Competition in Paris and of many other prestigious contests, while the solo part in Rachmaninoff's Concerto will be played by Lukas Geniušas, a prize-winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. On the conductor's podium of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia there will appear Konstantin Khvatynets, the permanent artistic partner of the collective, a former participant of the NPR Conductor Trainee Group, and now the Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the Moscow Operetta Theater.

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