October 6 @ 8pm
Daniel Meyer conductor
Marc-André Hamelin piano
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich Tahiti Trot
Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
On opening night of our symphonic season we will revel in the kaleidoscopic colors and bracing melodies of some of the best known Russian music written for orchestra. Rimsky-Korsakov’s travels and adventures inspired Capriccio espagnol, an homage to the dances of old Spain. We are thrilled to introduce world-renown virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, arguably featuring his most indelible melodies. Shostakovich’s Tahiti Trot is one such example of the deft imagination and quick wit the composer put to use in a charming ditty based on ‘Tea for Two.’ We close with the great Romantic master, Tchaikovsky, with his stunning musical portrait, Francesca da Rimini. The famous secret lovers Francesca and Paolo descend deeper into the eternal damnation of Dante’s second circle of hell.