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Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

Saturday, November 2—Sunday, November 3, 2024

Saturday, November 2—Sunday, November 3, 2024
Orchestra Hall
2 hours
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Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin takes the DSO on a musical joyride. Hold on to your seat for Prokofiev’s bold, brassy, and technically marvelous Fifth Symphony—it’s the piece that put the composer on the cover of Time magazine. Olga Kern launches into the rollercoaster thrills and lavish melodies of Rachmaninoff’s final piano concerto. Opening the concert: a new work by Daniel Slatkin.

Program

DANIEL SLATKIN
Voyager 130
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 4
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5

Artists

Leonard Slatkin

conductor

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is the Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Directeur Musical Honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), and Conductor Laureate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator. 

Slatkin has received six Grammy Awards and 35 nominations. His latest recording is the world premiere of Alexander Kastalsky’s Requiem for Fallen Brothers commemorating the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. Other recent Naxos releases include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads). 

A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received the Prix Charbonnier from the Federation of Alliances Françaises, Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his debut book, Conducting Business. His second book, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, was published by Amadeus Press in 2017. He is working on a third volume, Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century

Slatkin has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts in New Orleans; St. Louis; Washington, DC; London (with the BBCSO); Detroit; and Lyon, France. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Cleveland. 

Olga Kern

piano

With a vivid onstage presence, dazzling technique, and keen musicianship, pianist Olga Kern is widely recognized as one of the great artists of her generation, captivating audiences and critics alike. She was born into a family of musicians and began studying piano at the age of five. At seventeen, she was awarded first prize at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, and in 2001, she launched her US career, winning a historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—the only woman in the last 50 years to do so.

A Steinway Artist, Kern is a laureate of several international competitions. In 2016 she was Jury Chairman of both Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. In December 2021, Kern was Jury Chairman of the first Chopin Animato International Piano competition in Paris, France. In coming seasons, she will continue to serve on the juries of several high-level competitions. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and since 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Also in 2017, Kern received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (New York City). In 2019, she was appointed the Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music at the Virginia Arts Festival.

Kern has performed with many prominent orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), as well as Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also a featured soloist on US tours with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2018 and 2022, and during the 2017–2018 season she served as Artist in Residence at the San Antonio Symphony. Highlights of the 2021–2022 season included performances with the Austin Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Madison Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and the Academia Teatro alla Scala. She appeared as a soloist on a US tour with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and performed recitals in Savannah, Sunriver, Huntsville, Fort Worth, Carmel, and Minneapolis, as well as in Portugal, Poland, and Sweden. In the 2022–2023 season, she appeared with the Dallas Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Ireland’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and in recitals in and around San Francisco. In the 2023–2024 season, she performs Rachmaninoff’s four piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Austin Symphony, appears with the Czech Philharmonic on a nation-wide telecast, and tours South Africa and Asia.

In 2012, Kern established the Kern Foundation “Aspiration,” which supports talented musicians around the world.

Kern’s discography includes a Harmonia Mundi recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Seaman; her Grammy Award-nominated disc of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions; and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Antoni Wit. Other notable releases include Chopin’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3, and SONY’s release of the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano with Sol Gabetta. Kern released a new CD in 2022 on the Delos label of Brahms and Shostakovich quintets with the Dalí Quartet.

She is featured in award-winning documentaries about the 2001 Cliburn Competition: The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge, They Came to Play, and Olga’s Journey.

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