Rhapsody in Blue & Rachmaninoff
Holland Center - Friday, January 17 & Saturday, January 18
Korngold’s delightful Straussiana waltzes us into a program of Piano Powerhouses performed by two extraordinary pianists! Florence Price’s recently discovered gem, her Piano Concerto in One Movement, kicks off a pair of works for soloist Louis Schwizgebel (“… an exceptional talent.” – Neue Luzerner Zeitung). Almost lost in a house demolition, Price’s concerto finds its rightful place in the concert hall; Schwizgebel follows it with Gershwin’s sweeping Rhapsody in Blue. Xiayin Wang (“…such assuredness, such delicacy… one is left breathless in musical awe.” – Musical America) then performs Rachmaninoff’s lush, hyper-romantic Piano Concerto No. 2, a work that is both thrilling and heartbreaking.
Join us for a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. that will guide you step-by-step through the evening’s program.
Below, hear Florence Price's Piano Concerto in One Movement, a piece debuted in 1933 by Price herself as the piano soloist.