RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES
MUSSORGSKY | Night on Bald Mountain
TCHAIKOVSKY | Piano Concerto No. 1
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV | Scheherazade
*Program subject to change
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.