Masterworks 4: Rachmaninoff and Dvorak
Conductor Scott Seaton
Charlie Albright, piano
BAJZER - Lassen Awakes! *World Premiere*
RACHMANINOFF - Piano Concerto No. 2
DVORAK - Symphony No. 8
To capture in sound some of the iconic natural beauty of Northern California, composer Marko Bajzer was awarded Artist in Residence by Lassen Volcanic National Park and awarded a co-commision by the North State Symphony to bring his work, “Lassen Awakes!”, to life. Acclaimed pianist Charlie Albright has been praised by the New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique” and “virtuosity with a distinctive musicality.” Charlie returns to the North State Symphony to be featured on Rachmaninoff’s prodigious Second Piano Concerto. Combining luxurious melody and swelling orchestration, you will quickly learn why it is considered one of the best piano concertos ever written. Concluding the season is Antonin Dvořák’s cheerful and life-affirming Symphony No. 8, inspired by Bohemian folk music and offering lyricism that showcases nature’s endless charms.