Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Yuja Wang piano
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
Program Notes (Parts 1 & 2)
“Philadelphia has the finest orchestra I have ever heard at any time or any place in my whole life. I don’t know that I would be exaggerating if I said that it is the finest orchestra the world has ever heard.”—Sergei Rachmaninoff
Yuja Wang brings her electrifying style to Verizon Hall for must-see performances of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos in a celebration of his 150th birthday.
Part 2 of this celebration features Wang performing Rachmaninoff’s soulful yet thunderous Piano Concerto No. 3, a challenging feat for any pianist. She then turns to the Piano Concerto No. 4, with its hints of jazz and the blues, which The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered in 1927 with Rachmaninoff as soloist.
The program concludes with Wang and Your Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s beautiful Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Don’t miss Part 1 of Rachmaninoff 150 featuring Wang performing the composer’s First and Second piano concertos on January 26 and February 4.
Lead support for the Rachmaninoff 150 Celebration is provided by Tatiana Copeland. Mrs. Copeland’s mother was the niece of Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Tatiana Copeland was named after the composer’s daughter, Tatiana Sergeyevna Rachmaninoff.