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CLASSICS: RACH & BARTOK

Saturday, April 1, 2023 7:30pm

Event Description

Lean, moody, and melancholic… here in the Third Symphony you find the ‘other’ Rachmaninoff. The composer presents melodies that do not burst into heart-wrenching flights but toy around the edges of Expressionism, and a curiously inventive structure that both defies and follows traditional norms. The mystery and drama of celestial beauty you seek can be found in Bartok’s violin concerto.  We’re introduced to Serbian composer Isadora Źebeljan and her suite for orchestra that offers a metamorphosis to themes from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.

German conductor Christian Reif has quickly established a reputation for his natural musicality, technical command and leadership as an engaging communicator and outstanding orchestra builder. San Francisco Chronicle has written: “Reif is a remarkable talent… a conductor of considerable stature, and everything felt like the work of a significant musical artist.”

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Alexi Kenney is building a career that defies categorization, following his interests, intuition, and heart. He is equally at home creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, soloing with major orchestras in the USA and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time.

Concert Program
Isadora ŹEBEJAN
: Hum away, hum away, strings!
Belá BARTÓK: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2
Sergei RACHMANINOFF:  Symphony No. 3

Christian Reif, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin

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Event Venue

Kentucky Center
501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States

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