Fantastic Dances: Rachmaninoff & Ravel
ESO Classics

Fantastic Dances: Rachmaninoff & Ravel

Conducted by Michael Stern
May 18 & 19 7:30 PM / 2:00 PM

You are invited to attend a Prelude presentation before the Saturday, May 18th evening concert, starting at 6:45 PM in the Upper Circle Lobby (3rd Floor). This talk by musicologist D.T. Baker is a fantastic way to learn more about the pieces being performed in your concert.

Sergei Rachmaninoff always wanted to compose a ballet but never had the opportunity. Instead, later in life, he wrote a set of three colourful symphonic dances.  Ravel originally composed La valse as a ballet, but it was considered undanceable. He published it anyway with a few descriptive phrases like “glimpses of waltzing couples,” “an immense hall,” “progressively brighter,” until finally “chandelier bursts forth.” Avner Dorman describes his concerto for piano composed in 2022 as “a work that expresses extreme emotions and sudden changes, from the depth of despair to complete ecstasy.”

Program to Include

RAVELLa valse
DORMANPiano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFFSymphonic Dances

Program subject to change.

This concert will include an intermission.

Featured Artists

Michael Stern, Conductor
Mackenzie Melemed, Piano (ESO Debut)

39 - Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

The Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 Territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for many Indigenous Peoples. We honour and recognize the rich artistic, cultural, and musical traditions of the Cree, Nakota Sioux, Metis, Dene, Saulteaux, and the many more Indigenous communities that call this land we share, home.