DeLeone said this program is more of a straightforward, symphonic program compared to the previous concert, which was more complex, musically.
The program will open with “March in Bb, Op. 99” by Sergei Prokofiev, and feature the orchestra’s woodwinds, brass and some percussion instruments. The second piece on the program, “Vocalise” (Arr. Sanderling) by Sergei Rachmaninoff will highlight the string instruments of the orchestra.
“Then before intermission, we bring to the stage our friend Dmitri Ratser, who will play the first of two piano concertos. The one before intermission is going to be Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op 23,” DeLeone said.
Following intermission, Ratser will play a piece he’s well known for, “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Ratser also previously played this piece with MSO in 2003.
Ratser has been described as “one of Russia’s greatest pianists.” In 1990, Ratser was formally added to the roster entitled “Soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic,” and that was the same year he first performed outside the former Soviet Union, with the Austin, Texas Symphony Orchestra.
In the United States, he has performed at the Kennedy Center three times with the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich, in a solo appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York, and with symphony orchestras in more than thirty-five cities. In 2015, Ratser won two Grand Prix at International Master Competitions for Music Teachers in Moscow (Russia) and Warsaw (Poland). He currently serves as a professor at the Russian Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. He has also performed in countries all over the world, including Germany, South Korea and Hong Kong.
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How to go
What: Middletown Symphony Orchestra to present “Ratser Returns!” featuring Dmitri Ratser, piano soloist
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26
Where: Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University Middletown
Cost: $30 adults, $20 students. Call (513) 424-2426
More info: www.middletownsymphony.com