Rare & Ravishing Rachmaninoff

The Bells, Vesna, Paganini

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Alexander Romanovsky, Piano +
Kara Shay Thomson, Soprano ~+
Rodrick Dixon, Tenor ~
Vasily Ladyuk, Baritone ~ ^ +

Thursday, July 21, 2011
5:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
6:00 PM
Public Gates Open
9:00 PM
Concert Starts

$60 $40 reserved
$10 lawn
Ticket & dining package $75

About The Artist

A master of rich choral harmonies, lush orchestration and fiendish keyboard virtuosity, Rachmaninoff has been a perennial favorite at Ravinia, and this concert, which includes both vocal and keyboard works with orchestra, boasts an unusually high Russian pedigree. The Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini is quite possibly the greatest piano masterpiece by the composer BBC Music magazine hailed as the greatest pianist of the 20th century. Known to millions through its frequent use in film and TV soundtracks (Groundhog Day, Sabrina and Somewhere in Time), it is an homage from the heir of Liszt’s tradition to the violinist who inspired Liszt to redefine the limits of keyboard virtuosity.

Program Notes

Rachmaninoff: Vesna (“Spring”) Cantata, Op. 20 
  Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini in A Minor, Op. 43
  The Bells, Op. 35 


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