SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 | 7:30PM
Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort, IL
Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Sean Chen, Piano
KODALY | Dances of Galanta
LIGETI | Concert Romanesc
RACHMANINOFF | Piano Concerto No. 3 with Guest Artist Sean Chen, Piano
The IPO rings in the new year with conductor candidate Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, with an exciting program of Eastern European works. Kodaly, like his peer Bartok, was a master of incorporating Hungarian folk melodies into his compositions, and the Dances of Galanta
are no exception. Written as recruiting songs to show a soldier's life as endless "fun," these dances will delight. Similarly, Ligeti's work draws on his Transylvanian heritage with tuneful folk melodies. Closing the evening is Rachmaninoff's demanding Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring guest pianist Sean Chen. This work was featured in the movie Shine
, the true story of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott. Rachmaninoff's piece is one of the most challenging of all Romantic-era concertos...and the most exhilarating. Truly, this concert will set your soul on fire!
Maestro Kirov is currently the Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C in New Jersey and a 2015 Malko Competition prizewinner. Read his full bio!
Praise for Our Guest Artist...
“…an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity.” ~Huffington Post
Sean Chen is an 2013 American Pianists Award Winner.
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