RACHMANINOFF's Rhapsody and BERLIOZ's Symphonie fantastique
Rafael Payare, conductor
George Li, piano
William Grant STILL: Darker America
Sergei RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Hector BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Music Director Rafael Payare and the Orchestra bring us two ever-green popular favorites: Hector Berlioz's astonishingly daring Symphonie fantastique, an early romantic epic of unrequited love and passion; and before it, the great Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, in which they are joined by the American pianist George Li. The program opens with American music – William Grant Still's tone poem of sorrow, hope and prayer, intended, as the composer wrote, to be "representative of the American Negro and suggest the triumph of a people over their sorrows..."