3 Reasons to see "Rach 3"

Here at the Symphony, we love Rachmaninoff’s "Piano Concerto No. 3" (or as we fondly call it, Rach 3) so much, we’re performing it three times this weekend. But in case you need any more convincing to experience this spectacular piano concerto, here are 3 reasons why you should join us at the Jacobs Music Center this weekend.

1. Rach 3 is the “Everest” of piano concertos.

Rachmaninoff’s "Piano Concerto No. 3" is considered to be the most technically difficult and strenuous piano concerto for any pianist to undertake – which of course, makes it thrilling to see performed live. Rachmaninoff had famously large hands – he could play the chord C E♭ G C G with his left hand alone, spanning a total of 12 keys. This makes this particular piano concerto even more difficult for pianists with small hands.

The 1996 film, Shine, depicts one pianist’s mental breakdown over the studying of Rach 3 and the film’s critical acclaim helped bring Rach 3 back into the popular classical repertoire.

2. Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling makes his return to the Symphony.

Conductor Laureate and Jahja Ling returns to the Symphony for the first time since his final performance as music director in the 2016-17 season. Ling is a beloved fixture at the Symphony and we are ecstatic about his return to the Jacobs Music Center.

3. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov is a “triumph.”

Guest soloist Behzod Abduraimov is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Most recently, Abduraimov performed Rach 3 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the LA Times described his performance as a “triumph.” At 27, this rising star has demonstrated he is a force at the piano and hearing him perform Rach 3 will surely be a masterpiece.

Performing Rach 3 is a pinnacle of piano achievement and we hope you join us this weekend, April 20-22, for a triple powerhouse performance at the Jacobs Music Center.


This post was written by Kelly Hillock, marketing assistant for the San Diego Symphony.




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