Daniel R. Martin Masterworks Series

2019-2020 Season

Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich

Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 3:00 pm
William Saroyan Theatre
Rei Hotoda,
Barry Douglas
Gabriela Lena Frank
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 2
Acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas, a favorite of the Philip Lorenz International keyboard Concerts, makes his Fresno Philharmonic debut performing Shostakovich’s effervescent Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most light hearted works. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s epic Symphony No. 2 is full of gorgeous melodies, some of which have been turned into popular songs. However, it was also an act of artistic courage coming after the disastrous reception his first symphony received. Gabriela Lena Frank’s exciting and percussive Escaramuza (“skirmish”) is inspired by the kachampa dances of Andean Perú.
The soloist for this concert was the Irish pianist Barry Douglas, whose relaxed approach to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 made light of its fiendish rhythmic demands. 
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