RACH 150 Sergei Rachmaninov 150th Anniversary Concert: Rachmaninov Extravaganza

Organiser:Hong Kong Festival Orchestra 


Date: 14.09.2023 (THU)

Time: 20:00

Venue: Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

Ticketing: HK$250, 170, 120


HKFO celebrates Rachmaninov's 150th Anniversary with three iconic masterpieces


In honour of Rachmaninov’s 150th anniversary, the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra's principal conductor Mark Hui will lead the ensemble in a program featuring three of the composer's immortal masterpieces.  Our musical journey begins with a soul-stirring rendition of "Vocalise", Rachmaninov's own orchestral adaptation that reveals the composer's sensitive and introspective side.


Joining the orchestra for the first time is pianist Rhythmie Wong, who will captivate audiences with her virtuosic performance of "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini".  A masterpiece of breathtaking beauty and passion, the piece features a famously romantic variation that has become a cultural touchstone, immortalized in the film "Somewhere in Time".


Finally, the concert reaches its climax with the composer’s First Symphony, a work that brims with apocalyptic despair and heroic grandeur.  Its manuscript bears the biblical verse, "Vengeance is mine, I shall repay", a testament to the composer’s ultimate hope for justice and righteousness in the face of all injustice.


These three timeless works, each with its own unique style and character, come together to form a vivid and dynamic "musical portrait" of Rachmaninov, one of the greatest composers of all time. Join us on this journey of discovery, where the music of this master-composer is brought to life in all its glory and depth.



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