Monday, September 21, 2009

Fiendishly difficult piano concerto, feisty folk music

WHAT: Passport to Russia First concert of the 2009/10 Omaha Symphony Season
WHEN: Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26 at 8 PM
WHERE: Holland Performing Arts Center 1200 Douglas Street
TICKETS: Starting at $25 for Main Floor seats… 402.342.3560

Omaha, Neb – The Omaha Symphony is ready to wow audiences with a season opener that is as difficult as it is delightful. Passport to Russia, the first program of the 2009/10 season, showcases spirited Russian folk melodies and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, commonly known as the most demanding piece ever written for piano. The work was deemed the “Mount Everest” of piano repertoire in the Academy Award-winning film Shine. Join the Omaha Symphony September 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center, as pianist Kirill Gerstein performs this true feat of talent.
Famous for his masterful technique and musical interpretations, Gerstein is one of classical music’s rising stars. Reviewers have praised him as “a player of patrician finesse and the most fastidious intelligence” (Classical Source), who demonstrates “how virtuosity and soulfulness can go hand in hand” (Chicago Sun-Times).
Maestro Thomas Wilkins conducts this popular MasterWorks program, sponsored by Omaha Steaks. Main floor tickets are still available, starting as low as $25. To purchase your tickets, call 402.342.3560, order online at, or visit the Omaha Symphony Box Office at 1605 Howard Street.

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