Zhang Plays Rach 2
Markus Stenz, conductor
Haochen Zhang, piano
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
STRAVINSKY: Suite from The Firebird (1945)
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Preview Talk with KUSC's Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.
An evening of greatness begins with world-class pianist Haochen Zhang who has been described by The Washington Post as having an “imagination that keeps you on the edge of your seat and breathless to hear what comes next”—a worthy challenger to Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.
Following are two pieces drawn from fantasy: first, Debussy sets the scene for fauns and nymphs in Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; next, Stravinsky transports you to a world where an evil sorcerer collides with a magical firebird.