Friday, November 17, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
A CELEBRATION OF RACHMANINOFF’S 150TH BIRTHDAY
Friday, November 17, 2023 | 7:30 PM
Katherine Liu, piano (Winner, 2022 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition)
Lili Boulanger: D’un soir triste
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 44
Composers of the Romantic Era sought to create music that was individualistic, emotional and dramatic – and one of the masters of the movement was born in Russia on April 1st, 1873: Sergey Rachmaninoff. This season the SC Phil is joining orchestras all over the world to celebrate his 150th birthday. Featuring Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, one of the few works to be composed during the composer’s self-imposed exile from Russia after 1917 - our celebration spotlights one of his strongest and most original compositions. It reveals his usual sure touch with orchestral color, calling for a degree of technical virtuosity from an ensemble that he rarely demanded in other works. This concert features a double-dose of Rachmaninoff as Katherine Liu, winner of the 2022 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, joins the SC Phil for a thrilling performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The evening will begin with a bit of a symphonic rarity as the orchestra performs D’un Soir Triste, or “Of a Sad Evening,” which was written by French composer Lili Boulanger in 1918, shortly before her death at age 24.