From Russia With Love
One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor
Christopher Johnson, Pianist
One World Symphony Vocal Artists
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise (1912)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: from Pique Dame (Queen of Spades)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor
Experience the mystery and dark glamour of a Russian winter. A song without words, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise soars as it spins an achingly beautiful melody in an endless thread. At the 1875 world premiere of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1, the enraptured audience demanded an encore of the entire first movement. New York City pianist Christopher Johnson, who brought One World audiences to their feet with his performances of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 and Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, returns to perform this virtual epitome of the romantic piano concerto. Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, based on Alexander Pushkin's novella, teems with currents of deep obsession and the inevitable downward spiral toward madness for one's burning desire. How much would one gamble for love?
Performance length: 2 hours with intermission
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