As the fall Kansas City Symphony season continues, they feature a triple pleasure for keyboard enthusiasts with three talented keyboardists in a three-week span, two on piano and one on organ.
Music Director for the Kansas City Symphony Michael Stern and the Symphony welcome returning guest pianist, Alon Goldstein, for Oct. 25-27; Organist Aaron David Miller, for Oct. 31; and pianist Behzod Abduraimov, for Nov 1-3.
As part of its Classical Series, Music Director Michael Stern and the Symphony first welcome back Alon Goldstein for its Oct. 25-27 concerts. Goldstein performs Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto. A spokesman for the symphony said the concerto is full of Tchaikovsky’s characteristic tuneful melodies and passages with grand virtuosic displays of finger dexterity that only the best concert pianists can conquer.
The Symphony also performs Liszt’s Les préludes, which audiences will know from the work’s countless inclusions in television and film. The concerts also include a performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 by contemporary composer Steven Stucky who originally hails from Hutchinson, KS.
As a special for the end of October, the 31st, specifically, organist, Aaron David Miller, performs a specially chosen selection. For Halloween night, Screenland Theatre and the Symphony are getting into the spooky spirit with a screening of the 1925 classic silent film Phantom of the Opera starring actor Lon Chaney.
Miller performs a live organ accompaniment on the majestic Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant pipe organ at Helzberg Hall. The film casts an eerie ambiance over concertgoers while Miller improvises with the full range of scary sounds that the organ has to offer.
The final of the three keyboard guests performs Nov. 1-3. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov brings his expertise for the third Classical Series concert of the 2013-14 season. The Symphony has invited international piano sensation, Behzod Abduraimov, to perform the emotionally rich Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto on the Nov. 1-3 concerts under the baton of Music Director Michael Stern.
Originally from Uzbekistan, Abduraimov has lived in the Kansas City area for several years to study with Uzbek compatriot Stanislav Ioudenitch, a professor of music with Park University’s International Center for Music.
The same concerts also feature the Symphony performing the passionate Overture-Fantasy of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet along with stirring works by Schumann and R. Strauss.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400 or visit: kcsymphony.org. The Symphony offers a range of ticket prices and packages. Group and senior discounts are available. While a season subscription remains the best value, with discounts and other special subscriber benefits, many concerts start at about $20. Students 25 and younger with a valid I.D. can purchase a $25 Student Season Pass or purchase a student ticket for one concert for just $10, based on availability. *Please note: the Nov. 1-3 concerts featuring pianist Behzod Abduraimov are excluded from the $25 Student Season Pass offering.