February 9, 2013
Tickets $20 - $58
Students tickets available for $7 at the RSO Box Office
Featuring Charlie Albright
Two 26-year-old men, living a century and a continent apart, changed the course of musical history forever. In 1924 New York, George Gershwin, son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, took a break from a successful career writing Broadway musicals to create a piece for solo piano and orchestra called Rhapsody in Blue. He showed that jazz – a homegrown musical style with deep roots in Black culture that had people of all races dancing – could also energize the music of the European concert hall. In 1830 Paris,
Hector Berlioz created a volcanic new masterpiece out of the white-hot fantasies fueled by the despair of unrequited love. This was not just a symphony, but a 'Fantasy Symphony' that told a story using innovations that went on to make the music of Liszt and Wagner possible.
|| Ceremonial Fanfare
Rhapsody in Blue
Charlie Albright, piano
||Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14
Jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality.
– New York Times
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