July 28, 2020 — 6:00 PM
King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Madison, Wisconsin
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Program

RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES

MUSSORGSKY | Night on Bald Mountain

TCHAIKOVSKY | Piano Concerto No. 1

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV | Scheherazade

*Program subject to change

Featuring Maxim Lando, piano, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award

Our premiere Concert on the Square features Maxim Lando, winner of the 2020 Young Gilmore Artist Award. The recognition is presented every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of US-based pianists. Maxim is a stunning 17-year old virtuoso who’s performed with nonetheless the likes of Lang Lang in a performance of the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.

Maxim has appeared with many great conductors and artists already by the tender age of 16. His mother grew up in Madison, and he was raised in New York.

Maxim is our concerto soloist who begins our season with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. It’s a war horse with the most recognizable opening of beautiful grand chords, while accompanying a soulful D flat major melody in the strings and orchestra.

We open the evening with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. Mussorgsky is one of the Russian Five who were very influential in bringing back Russian nationalism. In fact they were senior to Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, ended up orchestrating a lot of Mussorgsky’s music.

We finish this opening night with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, the tale of Sinbad and the Sea based on One Thousand and One Nights. It tells of the Arabian Nights and how the Sultan demands that this beautiful young maiden, Scheherazade, tell him a story each night for 1,001 nights. She continues to woo him and fascinate the Sultan so much that he keeps her alive. And this is part of the tale that she spins – the tale of Scheherazade, the tale of the young maiden who enraptures the Sultan with her wonderfully romantic, colorful tales of Sinbad and the high seas.

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King Street corner of the Capitol Square
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 — 6:00 PM
King Street corner of the Capitol Square

Program

RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES

MUSSORGSKY | Night on Bald Mountain

TCHAIKOVSKY | Piano Concerto No. 1

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV | Scheherazade

*Program subject to change

What to Expect

Parking
Parking

Here’s a map of the nearby parking lots and garages with links to current availability.

Picnic Provisions
Picnic Provisions

Local Madison favorites for foodies are back!

Beer & Wine
Beer & Wine

New Glarus Brewing and Wollersheim Winery are served at our beverage tent.

Rain
Rain

The decision to cancel a concert due to weather will be made at 2 PM on concert Tuesdays. Check our site, WKOW, or Magic 98 for updates.

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