SOI Presents: Orchestra Iowa's "Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody" Concert with Joyce Yang, piano

May 31, 2018

Credit Joyce Yang

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody” concert. The program focuses on Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with guest pianist Joyce Yang.

One of the most talented pianists of all time, performer and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his rhapsody with Paganini’s famous violin theme in mind, writing an introduction and 24 variations on the theme. In the seventh variation, listeners can feel a dramatic change in the mood when Rachmaninoff introduces the 13th century Dies irae theme from the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Performing the piano solo of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody is world-renowned pianist Joyce Yang. Having performed on stages such as New York’s Lincoln Center and with symphonies such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yang won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005 when she was only 19-years-old. Orchestra Iowa performs the complete Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Yang, in addition to performances of Gliere’s Russian Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Join us on Sunday, June 3 at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!


GLIERE                                   Russian Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy

RACHMANINOFF                   Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

PROKOFIEV                           Symphony No. 5

KHACHATURIAN                    Sabre Dance

Maestro Timothy Hankewich, Music Director and Conductor