The Richmond Symphony declares victory with “Ravishing Rachmaninoff” on Saturday, February 26

-The power of live performance returns to Richmond in an event that will be both a symbolic and literal mark of victory and a return to value for all involved-

RICHMOND, Virginia, February 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As one of the most innovative performing arts organizations in the country, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra couldn’t have a more fitting celebration for its 2022 season than its Masterworks presentation of “Ravishing Rachmaninoff” – the deep and intense experience of “Rach 2,” Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. The performance, led by Music Director Valentina Peleggi and featuring acclaimed rising pianist George Li, will take place on Saturday February 26, 2022, at the Dominion Event Center, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are available here.

In an evening that is sure to inspire, the show will also include Shostakovich’s provocative Symphony No. 5, also conducted by Valentina Peleggi.

A re-emergence and a historic victory

The presentation of Russian composer Sergio Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto – the famous (and infamous) “Rach 2” at the upcoming Masterworks event, has deep significance in the music world as it marks the composer’s re-emergence and victory after a period of depression which had almost ended his musical career. When critics mocked his first concerto, Rachmaninoff’s doubt grew so deep that he gave up his music for several years. After prolonged therapy that even included hypnosis, “Rach 2” was the emphatic, victorious comeback that established Rachmaninoff’s fame and secured his legacy as one of his most popular works.

The second piano concerto will be performed by award-winning 26-year-old George Li, who has been hailed as a “powerhouse” by the NY Times and hailed by the Washington Post for his combination of “astounding technical prowess, ‘a sense of command and depth of expression.’

The Concerto will be conducted by acclaimed Valentina Peleggi, who began her tenure as Music Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2020. Described by BBC Music Magazine as a “rising star”, Peleggi has conducted orchestras across the world, most recently the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Interestingly, Peleggi’s growing fame is also significant in that his role as one of the world’s leading conductors represents a breakthrough in a field that even today continues to be overwhelmingly dominated. by men.

Climb to new horizons for musical performance

In many ways, the February 26 event also represents a victory celebration for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. By design, the organization’s dedication to enriching and changing lives through the power of music has been tested in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. With a strong desire to increase its commitment to diversity, the leadership of the organization acquired two female leaders in 2019 and three in 2020 (including the appointment of Peleggi), which coincidentally resulted in an organization with a majority female leadership.

As the COVID pandemic limited live performance opportunities for some time, the organization made the strategic decision not to lay off any musicians or staff. Instead, the Symphony delved deeper into innovating ways to enrich community members of all ages through music, regardless of their previous exposure or interest in classical music. The results have been surprisingly positive and continue even as the viability of centralized live performances returns.

In every aspect, “Ravishing Rachmaninoff” promises to be a celebration of victory and perhaps a higher bar of success in its intensity, vibration and even defiance of the forces that have muted much of the expression. of symphonic performance over the previous two years. .

“Our upcoming performance is also a coming out, on many levels,” says Lacey Huszcza, Executive Director of the Symphony Orchestra since December 2020. “We are beyond excited to share this experience with the Richmond community on February 26 and throughout the events of 2022 and beyond.”

About the Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia and includes an orchestra of over 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus, and over 260 students in Richmond Symphony programs Youth Orchestra. Each season, more than 200,000 community members enjoy the Symphony Orchestra’s concerts, radio broadcasts and educational programs.

During and beyond the COVID pandemic, the Richmond Symphony has made great strides as a forward-thinking and innovative organization redefining musical performance to include new and immersive experiences. These new areas make the music experience accessible to a much wider audience that spans most demographics. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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