As 2012 gradually slips away and we look ahead to 2013, a number of important concert possibilities are appearing on the horizon. One of these events will undoubtedly be a concert, entitled "Rachmaninoff Remembered," honoring the 70th anniversary of composer/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff's last public performance, which was in Knoxville at UT's Alumni Gymnasium on February 17, 1943.
The Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series is teaming with the University of Tennessee School of Music to sponsor the anniversary concert which will feature the acclaimed Russian pianist Evgheny Brakhman in a solo performance of an all-Rachmaninoff program in the Cox Auditorium. (The renovated space that is today the Cox is essentially the same space in which Rachmaninoff performed in 1943.) The program, Sunday evening February 17, 2013, at 8 pm, is being underwritten by a small group of donors and will be free.
Brakhman appeared as one of the recitalists in last season's YPS, a series which is currently held at the Clayton Center in Maryville. The pianist has been a prizewinner at 10 international piano competitions, including Cleveland, Tbilist and Rio de Janiero and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Georgian National Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, La Scala Theatre Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Scottish Symphony, Franz Liszt Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia.
For more information on Sergei Rachmaninoff's last concert in Knoxville, check out my Classical Journal blog article.