Wednesday, March 1, 2017

St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the Kennedy Center

We had seats in the second tier of the concert hall. We were farther away, but the acoustics were great!
On Monday night, a friend and I went to the Kennedy Center to see the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. My friend got the tickets through the Washington Performing Arts, so the tickets were very reasonably priced. Nikolai Lugansky was the featured pianist, and he was very good! I've attached some videos here, although they feature different orchestras (except the last one). Click here for other videos featuring the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (same pianist, different orchestra)

Encore: Rachmaninoff's Prelude No. 12 in G-sharp minor, Op. 32 (same pianist)

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (different orchestra)

Encore: Prokofiev's "Amoroso" from Cinderella (same orchestra)

It was quite an incredible show! The music is from two Russian composers, so it's interesting to think about the culture and history of when and where the pieces were written, and how that plays out in the music.

Read more about Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich

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