Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gershwin, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev

Two weeks ago, Dr Desert Flower and I listened to the Phoenix Symphony perform Gershwin & Rachmaninov, conducted by James DePriest. Gershwin's Concerto for Piano in F major & Rhapsody in Blue Piano Concerto with amazing soloist Jon Kimura Parker was a joy to listen to & see play. Engaging, dynamic, moving, it earned a standing ovation and encore by Parker. Then, the symphony played Rachmaninov's Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27. DePriest did a fine job of conducting. The piece was moving, well played. We went home satisfied.

This weekend Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, and Peter & the Wolf. Christie has bracketed a Adams piece.. which I am sort of dreading.... "Shaker Loops" ... but we shall see. Hopefully, it won't be as dreadful as the 9-11 Adam's 'remember' piece.. ugh!


  1. i love me some Prokofiev piano concertos. I'm not familiar with his symphonies, if i'm being honest.

  2. Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев) was a piano genius, and egomaniac as well, from what I've read about him. I'm looking forward to the concert. I may meditate through the Adams piece if it is too annoying. We shall see.


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